One Costa Rican arrest made so far in massive child porn sweep

A 45-year-old man in Costa Rica is among 100 persons detained in a Latin American child pornography sweep, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The arrest here was Aug. 9 when judicial agent, operating under the auspices of the International Police Agency, searched  homes in San Francisco de Dos Ríos, Paso Ancho, Guápiles, Siquirres and Curridabat.

Agents here confiscated more than 1,600 CDS, 64 hard drives and 20 computers Aug. 9.

Three days earlier they also searched  homes in Alajuela, Heredia and Curridabat and confiscated more material.

This case had its origins in an arrest by Spanish police of a man there who had a Web page where he offered to exchange child pornography.

The investigation spread to Chile, where agents there said they identified a network in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay and Venezuela, as well as Costa Rice.

The searches by police took place in a total of nine countries and 63 cities, said Interpol.

More arrests are likely in Costa Rica based on an examination of the confiscated material.

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