Notary among those detained in raids

Judicial agents have detained four men and a women in connection with the purchase of real estate linked to drug trafficking, said the Poder Judicial.

One of the suspects is a notary who handled the paperwork for the purchase of property in Heredia and Guápiles, said the Poder Judicial. He was identified by the last names of  Solórzano Campos.

The case involves some $320,000, according to the judicial report. The properties were to serve as landing spots for helicopters, said the report. Agents also said that the case involves the purchase of a luxury automobile and a motorcycle that were paid for in three installments, each $9,000 to avoid being flagged by bankers.

The arrests were made during raids in Siquirres, Heredia, Ciudad Neilly, Guácimo and Alajuela Thursday.

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