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Gang jailed for allegedly growing marijuana

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Published on Tuesday, May 9, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


During one anti-drug operation, agents from the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) arrested four people on suspicion of being part of an organized group of criminals growing marijuana.

According to the police report, on Monday, officers got confidential information about a property located in Atenas Canton in Alajuela Province, where some people were growing marijuana.

Responding to the call and after investigating the activities that were taking place on that property, the officers intercepted two trucks that were just leaving the place.  

During the initial inspection of the vehicles' cargo, officers found several plastic bags containing marijuana plants and flowers.

Following the police guidelines on drug trafficking suspects, officers raided the property and found more than 240 marijuana plants and several cocoons. 

The guidelines require officers to seize the trucks, plants, cash, and equipment for growing the plants as part of the evidence in the case.

The four Costa Rican male suspects, who were allegedly transporting the drug, were identified as Sauma-Cortés (50), Araya-Lao (46), Zúñiga-Guillén, (39) and one 17 years-old.

They were taken to the cells of the Public Ministry where they were interrogated by judicial agents and now await a judge’s orders regarding pre-trial measures against them as suspects of growing marijuana.

Police ask people to report any suspected marijuana farms by calling the confidential bilingual 10-digit tip line at 800-8000-645.

Last year, the government legalized medicinal and therapeutic cannabis and hemp for food and industrial use. But, recreational use, self-cultivation and self-consumption of the cannabis plant are still illegal in Costa Rica.

In November 2022, the Ministry of Agriculture authorized the first company to grow and process hemp. The firm is located in Guanacaste Province and seeks to grow about 150 hectares of hemp.

How will the government legalizing recreational marijuana in Costa Rica impact the country? 
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