Costa Rican authorities arrest OIJ chief in Quepos for illegal detention of US expats
Update, 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday:
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, authorities provided a little more information regarding today’s arrest of the head of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) in Quepos, whose last name is Solano.
Costa Rica’s Chief Public Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría has confirmed the arrest on Wednesday of the head of the Judicial Investigation Police, or OIJ, in the central Pacific town of Quepos. The OIJ boss, surnamed Solano, is accused of illegally detaining three North Americans, whose names have not yet been released, in an apparent land dispute with an alleged drug trafficker.
The Tico Times has not yet been able to obtain a statement from Solano.
A second man, alias “Bombillo,” also was arrested. Police have not released his surname, but they said he has been under investigation for alleged drug trafficking.
Authorities suspect “Bombillo” was involved in a land dispute with the North Americans and hired OIJ’s Solano to “scare them” via illegal detention for several hours, citing a non-existent international arrest warrant.
A press conference on the arrests and allegations is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at OIJ headquarters in San José.
This story is developing. If you have information on the case, please contact David Boddiger at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow www.ticotimes.net for updates.
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