276 people arrested so far during Semana Santa

April 17, 2014

Not everyone in Costa Rica is taking the holy part of Semana Santa seriously. Police have arrested 276 people so far during the holiday and seized a surprising amount of illegal foodstuffs .

Here is a breakdown of the arrests made so far during the Easter Holy Week:

63

arrested for irregular immigration

40

arrested for violating the country’s psychotropics law (possessing or selling illicit drugs)

31

arrested for domestic violence

21

arrested for vandalism

6

arrested for possession of illegal firearms or explosives

6

arrested for resisting authority

1

arrested for attempted murder

1

arrested for sexual offenses

Seizures

While plenty of the confiscations involved illegal drugs — the largest seizure this week has been illegally imported fish (a popular dinner during the holidays). Police nabbed a Nicaraguan man with 593 fish hidden in his truck Monday. The fish did not meet health requirements in Costa Rica.

Curiously, police classified the large seizure as “historic” because it is the largest load of illegal fish ever captured during Semana Santa. 

Breakdown of confiscated illegal goods:

593

fish

151

kilograms of meat (illegally transported, imported or packaged)

18

kilograms of cheese (illegally transported, imported or packaged)

7

boxes of prescription drugs

325

liters of contraband liquor

156

marijuana joints

97

doses of crack

87.2

ounces of marijuana

76

kilos of cocaine

 

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