As The Costa Rica Star reported earlier today, the Judiciary Investigative Police (OIJ) conducted several operations this Saturday morning to take down a drug trafficking cell associated with a Mexican cartel.
In total 7 foreigners, six Mexicans and one Guatemalan, were arrested as a result of the operations carried out by OIJ in conjunction with the Special Service of Tactical Response (SERT in Spanish) and the Special Intervention Unit of the Presidency.
The raids involving three houses, a warehouse and a hotel room, took place in three locations in Alajuela (Atenas, Grecia and the center of Alajuela), as well as in Guachipelin, Escazu; the police seized an important amount of drugs, more than 100 kilograms of cocaine and over $30,000 in cash.
“The suspects are linked to an organization dedicated to international drug trafficking, they apparently used a leather export business in Mexico as a facade to move the cocaine”, explained OIJ through a press release.
The group would also use metal plates hidden in truck tires to move the drugs (see images at link above).
The investigation began in January this year and the Costa Rican authorities had already intercepted a truck loaded with 200 kilograms of cocaine in the area of Peñas Blancas near the Nicaragua frontier, the truck driver was Guatemalan.
The Sinaloa cartel in Mexico is a very powerful criminal organization headed by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia and used to be headed by the infamous Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman before his arrest.