Two U.S. citizens are detained in Liberia on cocaine allegation

Two United States citizens were arrested in Libería this weekend on an allegation of transporting cocaine in a vehicle. Fuerza Pública officers detained the pair, identified with the last names Goges and Little, along with three Costa Ricans.

One was a 17-year-old girl who police said is involved in a romantic relationship with Goges. Both he and Little are 34 years old, according to a press representative.

Officers found 83 grams of cocaine, around 80,000 colons in cash of suspect origin, two knives, and a firearm registered to a security company in the car, according to the police report. The local police chief said police had them under constant surveillance before the arrest and that officers had the Policía de Control de Drogas test the substance with positive results.

Both men presented officers valid U.S. passports. They, along with the two Costa Rican men, were taken to the Fiscalía de Libería, while the minor was given to the Patronato Nacional de Infancia.

Per fiscalía rule, Goges and Little are temporarily barred from leaving the country. Convictions for crimes of drug transportation and money laundering can merit prison sentences of up to 15 years.

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