Northern border crossing beefed up for holiday flood

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública/Paul Gamboa These are some of the new immigration windows.

The security ministry has opened 12 of some 28 new immigration stations at the Peñas Blancas border crossing with Nicaragua. This is the time of year when vacationers test the ability of the control point. Over the weekend, officials said that agents processed 8,705 persons. Many were Nicaraguans headed home for the holidays. Some 6,990 were persons headed north, said officials.

In addition some 60 extra Fuerza Pública officers were sent to the area.

The border crossing is usually open from 6 a.m. until midnight, but Holy Thursday and Good Friday, the crossing will be closed at 6 p.m., according to the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública.

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública/Paul Gamboa Police officer and his dog check bus passenger luggage.

The added police presence may have caused the detention of a Nicaraguan man who was headed south over an informal route. The Policía de Fronteras said the man attempted to evade the usual border crossing. They said after they detained the man that he was the subject of an alert by the International Police Agency. He was sought for illegal weapons carrying, they said.

To put more teeth into the border patrols, the Unidad Canina was dispatched there, too, said officials.

The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería is an agency in the security ministry.

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