Following reports by residents of Las Asturias de Pococí about flyovers by a helicopter, the Ministerio de Segurida Pública on Sunday discovered a heliport, fuel, cash and guns presumed belonging to a drug trafficking organization.
Las Asturias de Pococí is located in the Province of Limón, and the heliport was located near the Irazú volcano, some 80 kilometres east of San José.
The Drug Control Police – Policía de Control de Drogas (PCD) an the Fuerza Pública (police) report finding US$50.000 in cash, five AK-47 assault rifles, several handguns, 31 “pichingas” (25 litres (5 gallon) containers) of fuel, a GPS device, clothing, mattresses and food.
On approaching the camp, authorities were met by gunfire which led to a confrontation. Despite the police action, the suspects manage to flee.
Security minister Mario Zamora, did not venture to say the suspects which organized group or cartel were linked to, only would say that officials found several Mexican and Honduran passports.
In a statement to the press, Minister Zamora, assures that the area is under strict police surveillance and did not rule out arrests before the end of the day today.