The security ministry has shifted 250 more officers to Limón to halt a wave of violent crimes that have taken place since the first of the year.
In addition to Fuerza Pública officers and tactical squad members, immigration agents and a dog unit have been assigned to the areas around Cieneguita, Pacuarito, Barrio Limoncito and other places where police have not been anxious to go.
There have been a handful of murders in the area since the first of the year. Most were done by persons in cars or on motorcycles shooting down someone walking or standing on the street.
Mario Zamora Cordero, the minister, said he has assigned a vice minister, Celso Gamboa, to direct the effort, which is called rescate Limón or “Limón Rescue.”
Zamora said that drastic action was required to bring peace and tranquility to the area. The ministry said the officers are assigned there until Zamora chooses to recall them. All the units are within Zamora’s Ministerio de Gobernación y Policía y Seguridad Pública. The deployment began at 10 a.m. Monday.
Police reported that they already found two motorcycles that have been reported missing, confiscated crack and a 9mm. pistol and located a Spanish citizen who has been in the country illegally, the ministry said.