Arrest made in robbery cases of drugged cargo haulers

Judicial agents detained a 40-year-old man Tuesday on suspicion that he used knockout drops to rob truckers. The man faces allegations of attempted murder in perhaps as many as 18 cases, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Agents said that a robber contacted cargo haulers by telephone and promised them a job moving some merchandise. The agreed meeting place was a remote location. When the truckers arrived, the robber first offered them a drink that he had laced with some type of sleeping medicine, agents said.

When the trucker passed out, the robber checked out their cargo and possessions for valuables and money, said agents.

Some of the truckers ended up in the hospital where blood tests revealed what had happened, said agents.

Agents said they followed the man and saw him meet a trucker in Paseo Colón and accompanied him to a remote location in Heredia where the trucker took a drink.  Agents said the man took the trucker’s cell telephone and 5,000 colons in cash.

Agents said that there were seven cases in San José where the suspect had been identified. There are 11 more cases with the same method elsewhere in the country, so the victim will be asked to make an identification, agents said.

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