Cuban-American faces charge of running trafficking operation

Immigration police detained a Cuban-American Monday on the allegation that he was the leader of a human trafficking ring.

The immigration agency said that Cubans were being brought to Costa Rica on false passports and other documents. Then they would head north.

The suspect was identified by the last name of Montero.

Immigration police said that initially the Cubans would go to other Latin countries. Then they would come to Costa Rica and be housed by the trafficking ring in exchange for payment of a substantial sum.

The case began when a women with false documents was detained at Juan Santamaría airport in May 2012. A more recent arrival was trailed by immigration agents to a location in Sabana Norte.  That location was raided Monday as was a second location in Pavas.

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