Police question nearly 2,000 persons in weekend efforts

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública/Paul Gamboa
Fuerza Pública officers zeroed in on nightspots frequented by youths who were then searched and questioned.

Weekend sweeps by police resulted in 30 arrests in Alajuelita, Hatillo, Desamparados, Pavas and Tibás. These are areas of high crime.

Many of those detained were the subjects of warrants for various crimes, including robbery and failing to pay child support.

Fuerza Pública officers were joined by traffic policemen, who issued 148 tickets, confiscated 19 license plates from motorcycles and 28 plates from cars.

Police questioned a total of 1,971 persons in their sweeps and
checked 746 vehicles and 239 motorcycles, they said. Much of the work was done by the Grupo de Apoyo Operacional, a tactical force.

Several persons were found to be carrying firearms illegally. Officers also confiscated cocaine, crack and marijuana, they said.

Many motorists were surprised by the turnout of police along Avenida Central Thursday and Friday in Barrio California and Los Yoses. There appeared to be two Fuerza Pública officers in each block. Officers there would just say that they were participating in some form of operation, but there did not appear to be any arrests, and they were not accompanied by traffic officers.

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