Law officers wage war on southern zone marijuana plots

Judicial agents and security ministry officers last week put a dent into a major cash crop.

Agents said they discovered six locations where marijuana was being grown hidden among corn plants and other crops near Telire in the Talamanca mountains in southeastern Costa Rica, they said. Agents said they spent fire days destroying plants. The security ministry’s Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea provided transportation. With agents were members of the Policía de Fronteras.

On the western side of the mountain Fuerza Pública officers were busy destroying plants, too. Officers said they burned 51,466 plants in Chacarita, Finca Puntarenas, Santa Rosa, Cerro Danta and Ojochal.

The security ministry said that the Policía de Control de Drogas, Fuerza Pública officers from San Vito, and members of the Unidad de Intervención Policial were involved. The Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea also was involved here, too. Spotters in planes located possible marijuana plantings, and officers had to trek to the locations to verify and then destroy the plants if they were marijuana.

Police said they encountered some high-grade marijuana plants as well as the more common Costa Rican varieties

Judicial agents said they detained the owner of one property where marijuana was found in the Talamanca mountains. They also detained a man who had an unregistered rifle and said they thought he was guarding the plantings.

Marijuana grows wild in the mountains, but cultivated plants provide income for the native residents.

Such efforts to chop down plants take place frequently.

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