Anti-drug agents sentenced to 12 years in airport case

An anti-drug agent who helped smugglers get through the controls at Juan Santamaría airpot has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. He is Carlos Enrique Sánchez Espinoza.

That was announced Wednesday by the Policía de Control de Drogas, which had investigated the case. Also convicted was a Costa Rican named Mario José Pennant Riti, who was designated the leader of an organized gang that worked for Colombian drug dealers.

The organization would recruit individuals to carry drugs onto flights at the airport, and Sánchez would see that they got through the various checkpoints, said anti-drug agents.

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