Welcome to the glamorous drug culture

Who says drug dealing is a lucrative and glamorous occupation.

The reality is a lot different from the portrayals of high rollers on television and a few capos who hog the headlines with their actress friends.

In Costa Rica, the neighborhood drug dealers may not be addicts himself, but they are surrounded by persons they have hooked. The headquarters is called a bunker, an unsanitary, fortified hovel that featured a steady procession of persons buying and using drugs.

The reality became obvious Saturday when  Fuerza Pública officers invaded such a bunker in León XIII, Tibás. They found 4,550 packets of crack cocaine and an assortment of other drugs.

They also were more than 1,300 does of ketamine an anesthetic that sometimes is used as a date rape drug.

There also were nearly 2 million colons, mostly in coins. They were packaged in plastic bags. This is different from on television where the drug lords have briefcases loaded with $100 bills.

Also confiscated were three pistols, said the Fuerza Pública. Drug dealers live in perpetual fear of other drug dealers.

As in many such raids, no one was home. The occupants of the bunker appear to have left just as police were arriving. But they left the drugs and money.

Baggies of coins are part of the evidence police officers confiscated Saturday night.

Baggies of coins are part of the evidence police officers confiscated Saturday night.

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