Second time might be a charm for drug bunker

Bunkers are rough construction or dwellings that are fortified for the benefit of drug dealers and users inside. They are frequent in low-income areas where drug use is common and gangs can rule a neighborhood.

Such is the case in  Ciudadela 25 de Julio in Hatillo. Workmen under police supervision destroyed a bunker there last week.

Rebuilding was quick. So Fuerza Pública officers

Police officer stands guard while a backhoe demolishes an illegal structure in Hatillo.

Police officer stands guard while a backhoe demolishes an illegal structure in Hatillo.

and San José municipal police were back again Tuesday to tear down the structure.

The bunker is the centerpiece of an effort that eventually will destroy some 50 slum homes that have been constructed on public land. More than 100 persons will be displaced, said the Fuerza Pública.

The metal siding and roofing, plus lumber will be trucked to a dump to make reuse difficult. Police and heavy machinery operators expect to be there into next week.

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