An array of police agencies descended on 17 low-price hotels along Calle 8 in San José early Monday and questioned 192 persons there. Officers ended up locating eight foreigners who were in the country illegally.
One was an unidentified U.S. citizen, said security ministry workers.
Confiscated were three firearms, including one that was homemade. Two persons were the subject of arrest warrants and three persons were minors, one with a baby. The Fuerza Pública also said that they located a 15 year old in the company of an older man.
In addition to the Fuerza Pública, participating agencies were the Policía Profesional de Migración, the Policía Municipal de San José and Patronato Nacional de la Infancia.
Dogs and their handlers also participated. The visits lasted from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. The area along Calle 8 is full of bars and centers of adult entertainment.