Thursday 25 February 2021

OIJ Takes Down “Narcofamilia” And MINAE Officials Growing Marijuana In La Amistad National Park

Operativo del OIJ en Pérez Zeledón, este lunes 22 de agosto. (Mario Cordero)
OIJ police operation in Pérez Zeledón Monday morning (Aug. 22) Photo Mario Cordero, La Nacion

(QCOSTARICA) In a series of raids early Monday morning, the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) detained seven people involved in the cultivation and growing of marijuana in 14 different points of La Amistad International Park.

The raids were carried out in eight locations in Perez Zeledon and Buenos Aires de Puntarenas, in the southern zone.

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The detained were part of a ‘narcofamilia’ – drug trafficking family – and two officials of the Minister of Environment and Energy (MINAE).

OIJ director, Walter Espinoza confirmed the police operation and the arrests. Espinoza explained that the two officials were part of the drug trafficking operation, allowing the planting and removal of the marijuana plants and monitoring the area of the national park.

The OIJ investigation was an eight month work that included two raids earlier this month (on Aug. 5) that netted the detention of seven people and seven more on Monday.

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The Parque La Amistad is locared in the southern zone, reaching into Panama
La Amistad park is located in Costa Rica’s southern zone,  part in Costa Rica and Panama.

According to Espinoza, this ‘narco structure’ has been operating for more than two decades, taken down for the first time over 21 years ago. At the time, the drug network trafficked marijuana and cocaine hydrochloride sent to Germany, however, it is believed they started back up in operation in 2011.

Source: La Nacion, Telenoticias

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