Drug shipments to Cuba alleged

Anti-drug police have wrapped up two interlocking operations dedicated to the production and sale of drugs. The transactions included sending Costa Ricans to Cuba in the guise of clothing vendors.

The arrests announced Wednesday also included some that had been made months earlier. Among these is the detention of a Costa Rican woman with the last name of Jiménez who was caught in Cuba Dec. 6 by police there in the possession of $73,000.

Police here said they tipped off the Cubans when the woman made a trip.

In raids Wednesday the Policía de Control de Drogas of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública and the Dirección de Inteligencia y Seguridad Nacional announced they found two hydroponics labs, one in Curridabat Wednesday morning and the other on May 5 in Escazú.

Agents said that Costa Ricans were enticed as couriers to carry drugs, mainly marijuana and cocaine, in baggage that appeared to be clothing for resale.

In all there were 11 persons detained, including those who had been arrested earlier. Among them is one person identified as a U.S. citizen with the last names of Soto Dazell, who is a Costa Rican resident.

Three of those arrested are Cubans who also are residents in Costa Rica.

Some of the drugs were entered into the local supply chains for distribution in Alajuela and in Rohrmoser, too, agents said.

Agent confiscated six vehicles. The raids also were in La Uruca, Escazú, Los Anonos, Alajuela and Guachipelín.

Anti-drug officer packages up some of the harvest from a hydroponics growing operation.

Anti-drug officer packages up some of the harvest from a hydroponics growing operation.

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