Suspected Members of Heroin Ring Busted

April 30, 2004

COSTA Rican Drug Control Police(PCD) agents on Tuesday morning arrestedseven suspects they believe are part of aninternational network of drug traffickersmoving heroin to the United States, officialsfrom the Public Security Ministryannounced.The arrests were made in the Caribbeanport town of Limón. PCD agents had beeninvestigating the suspects for more than 18months in coordination with agents fromthe U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration(DEA) in the United States, Panama andCanada, police said.PCD agents said members of the ringhad made shipments to U.S. locations suchas New York, Miami, Ohio, Texas andDelaware, as well as to Canada.The suspects could face up to 20 yearsin prison if convicted of international drugtrafficking. On Wednesday, all seven weregiven a six-month preventive prison order.Security Minister Rogelio Ramoscalled the bust “one of the most importantanti-drug actions in recent years.”

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