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Blow to money laundering: OIJ finds more than US$3 million and detains five people in Chinatown

Costa Rican authorities gave a financial blow on Tuesday to a money laundering gang operating out of Chinatown in the heart of San Jose, seizing US$3 million dollars in cash and arresting five people. The Tuesday raid on Chinatown is linked to a raid on...

Night Carla Stefaniak was killed all hotel rooms were occupied

The night and early morning when the Venezuelan-American tourist, Carla Stefaniak, was killed all the rooms in the Escazú hotel/Airbnb, almost all the rooms were occupied, according to investigators of the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ). The OIJ agents said they have talked to the...

Meet “Koa” The New Canine Agent Of The OIJ

Koa, meaning "brave without fear", is the name of the new Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) agent, receiving more than 4,000 votes in the social networks. Alejandro Castillo and Gustavo Núñez of OIJ K-9 unit thanked the participation of the public. In addition, they detailed...

28 criminals were killed while committing crimes in 2018, A 155% Increase Over 2017

A number never before seen: 28 criminals were killed while committing a crime during 2018. Most cases happened during assaults according to data provided by the Minister of Security, Michael Soto Rojas. Soto explained that in 2017 there were 11 "events" where criminals were shot...

565 Homicides So Far This Year, 58 Are Women

The finding of the body of a woman inside a metal drum raises the homicide rate for the year to 565, according to data provided by the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ). According to the Observatorio de Género del Poder Judicial (Gender Observatory of the...

“I Stayed in Death Apartment”: Airbnb Guest Tells

Visiting from Florida to celebrate her 36th birthday, Carla Stefaniak decided to spend her last night in a mountaintop villa, Le Mas de Prevence, in San Antonio de Escazú, she rented through Airbnb. It would be her last night alive. Carla went missing on November 27. In the morning...

“Nini” Behind Rash Of Attacks On Retailers

"Ninis", young men who neither study nor work and thirsty for cash are behind the rash of assaults on retail stores during the last month. They are mainly men between 18 to 25 years old who are tempted for easy money. They decide to steal...

Man Who Murdered His ‘Significant Other’ in Costa Rica Was Convicted in Nicaragua

After three years on the lam, a Nicaraguan man was arrested and convicted in his country for murdering his significant other in the Guanacaste town of Filadeldia, in Costa Rica. The man was identified as Misael García Calero, sought by Santa Cruz authorities for the...

Missing American Found Lifeless In Shallow Grave, Hands and Feet Tied

Thomas Jeffrey Cook, 62, reported missing since August 23, in Jaco, was on Tuesday found dead, in a 1.5 meter (5 foot) deep grave in the Palmiras de Siquirres, Limon. The American was wrapped in a blanket, wearing shorts and a shirt. The man was...

Former Romanian Minister And Friend Hiding Out in Costa Rica Arrested

Two Romanian politicians with pending cases in their country were detained Wednesday by agents of the Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ) working with the International Police (Interpol). Detained was the Romanians former Minister of Tourism, Elena Udrea, and her friend, former prosecutor of the Directorate for...

OIJ reports increase in number of suicides in Costa Rica

The Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) reports an increase in cases of suicide in Costa Rica. The concern of authorities is that "the victims are getting younger and younger". The statistics of the Judicial Police indicate that during the first semester of 2017 there were 188...

DNA, Skin Traces and Testimonial Evidence Is Conclusive For OIJ In Murder Of Spanish Tourist

The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) confirmed on Monday that they found coincidences between the DNA of a Nicaraguan, of last names Díaz Hopkinss, and the saliva found in the breasts of the Arancha Gutiérrez López, murdered in Tortuguero on August 4. The investigations revealed...

OIJ looking for two missing teens in Heredia

The Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) - Judicial Police - is asking for help to find two quinceañeras (15-year-olds) reported missing in Heredia. One of the girls is called Yuris Anielka Rojas Marchena, who has been missing since July 28. The other is Karla Patricia...

Woman Detained in Escazú For Prostituting Young Girls She Hired As Massage Therapists

Six women between the ages of 20 and 30, who were offered up for sexual services, were found by agents of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) inside the alleged 'house of massages' raided Wednesday in Escazú. The officers of the Section Against Physical Integrity,...

DIS Security Guard Linked To International Drug Trafficking

A man surnamed Segura Jiménez, 49, a security guard of the Directorate of Intelligence and National Security (DIS) was arrested by the OIJ for being a suspect in international drug trafficking. The arrest occurred on Wednesday morning in San Jerónimo de Desamparados. The operation was...

3 Out Of 10 Murders in Costa Rica Linked To Drugs And Organize Crime

Three out of every 10 homicides since January of this year are linked to drug trafficking or organized crime, explained Verónica Pérez of the Office of Plans and Operations of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). The last case that the authorities are investigating -...

Italian Businessman Was Tortured Before Being Killed At Home Of Suspects

Italian businessman Stefano Calandrelli, 51, was tortured before being stabbed to death inside a house in San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia, where the two women lived and then his body dumped. That was the word by the Fiscalia (Prosecutor's Office), explaining that the two women,...

Five Arrested Suspected In The Kidnapping Of An Italian Businessman, Who Is Still Missing

The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) reported the arrest of five people on Friday, suspects of kidnapping the 51-year-old Italian businessman, Stefano Calandrelli. The arrest of the four men and a woman took place in San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia. Authorities also raided an apartment...

OIJ Asks For Help In Finding Italian Businessman Missing

The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) is asking for help to located an Italian businessman who has been missing since Monday, May 14. Stefano Calandrelli, 51, who owned restaurants and is he ex-husband of journalist Adriana Durán. According to the OIJ, the last time Calandrelli...

OIJ raids 40 houses to dsimantle drug distribution network in Heredia (Photos)

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) raided a total of 40 homes in the province of Heredia in an attempt to dismantle a gang dedicated to the distribution of illegal drugs. In total 5 groups were targeted...

Michael Soto, Security Minister (Designated) Says Murders Aren’t Going To Stop Overnight

Here is a comforting word from the new (to-be) Minister of Security, Michael Soto: murders won't stop overnight. The current deputy director of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), who on May 8, will become the ministro de Seguridad Publica, said he will work with...

Traffic Police and OIJ Advocate Removal Of Bodies Without Presence of a Judge

The Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) and a former criminal judge advocate that the removal of bodies in traffic accidents be carried out without the presence of a judge. The discussion gained strength after less than a month two traffic...

OIJ Raids Cosevi Central Offices

The Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) - road safety council - offices in La Uruca was raided this Monday morning, as investigators delve into the alleged donation of confiscated property. The Ministerio Publico (Prosecutor's Office) said that the purpose of the raids on the central...

Only In Pura Vida, “Chuzos” Donated By U.S. Embassy Fail Riteve!

From the "that can't be but true" department in the land of Pura Vida, the three "chuzos" donated by the United States to fight crime in Costa Rica hit a roadblock, the Riteve inspection. In a report by La Teja, the three specialized vehicles for...

‘Money Book’ Facebook Page Scammed Eight of ¢8 Million In Costa Rica

A group made up of three people took advantage of the Facebook to cheat at least eight individuals for ¢18 million colones. That is the word from the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) on Wednesday, after two raids that netted the capture of two...

Schoolgirls Recruited Classmates For Prostitution

Four adolescents between the ages of 16 and 17 were arrested as suspected of trafficking in persons for the purpose of sexual exploitation (pimping) of two schoolgirls. The arrest was made this Wednesday morning in the house where the young girls lived, in Hatillo, San...

Car Break-ins “Tachas” In Costa Rica On The Rise

There are many who, after running an errand, shopping or a day at work, find the unpleasant surprise of having had their car broken into. Usually, the break-ins (tachas in Spanish) are "smash and grab", the criminals taking anything in sight, and radios ripped from...

Immigration Nabs Second In Jewelery Store Heists Trying To Leave The Country

The first one got away. The second of the alleged 16 members of the gang in the Escuza jewellery store heists on October 31, didn't run into the same luck or (alleged) corruption of immigration officials. Estaban Obando, interim Director of Migración (immigration service) said...

He Forgot!

A serious forgetfulness of on the part of a train conductor is believed to be the cause of the head-on crash between two trains Monday evening, in Santa Rosa de Santo Domingo de Heredia, which left 100 people injured. According to preliminary investigation, Elizabeth Briceño,...

Eight Out Of Ten Assaults On Buses Occur At Night

Taking a bus in Costa Rica, for some, can be a scary experience. Drivers making change or sorting an counting money while negotiating traffic. Some even believe they are behind the wheel of race and on the Indy track.But at night the situation changes,...

Costa Rica Report Blames ‘Organized Crime’ for Spike in Homicides

(InSight Crime) A government report on homicides in Costa Rica concludes that organized crime is driving the rising violence in the country, but the study's shaky methodology leaves it open to questions. The number of homicides grew by 9.7 percent in Costa Rica between 2010...

OIJ “Can’t Hold On To Their Man”

While the Canadian Mounties (Canadian Mounted Police) have the reputation of "always getting their man", Costa Rica's Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) - the country's judicial police force - may soon become the police force that "can't hold on to their man". According to information...

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