A woman surnamed Gutierrez, who is now 76 years old, was arrested for the first time on April 23, 1998 at Cristo Rey neighborhood, south of San Jose, for selling drugs.
Four years later, an officer of the Drug Control Police (PCD), he remembered, she was arrested again on June 26, 2002 – this time in Los Angeles neighborhood, with her son named Narvaez, of 47 years old.
On November 26, 2003, in Cristo Rey, the police arrested another daughter of Gutierrez (surname Narvaez, 50 years old) and her husband surnamed Guillen, 37 years old.
The family continued falling for drugs, and in 2010 arrested a woman, surnamed Alvarado (22 years old), granddaughter of Gutierrez. This clan inherited the business until most of its members ended up in jail.
A study of Costa Rican Drug Institute (ICD) and the Drug Control Police (PCD) determined that the ambition to easy money is the magnet for these families to engage in the sale of small amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana.
These families operating in poor neighborhood. With people who has little education and do not like to work, the study found.
According to the data, in the past six years a total of 171 drug families (with at least three members) were dismantled. This year there are already 31.
Boraschi Mauritius, national drug commissioner, said the family drug traffickers started when foreigners were small amounts of cocaine to Costa Rica to pay the transfer collaboration to provide fuel, transportation or warehousing.
“People thought that with a kilo of cocaine, they would be like Pablo Escobar and Chapo Guzman, but when they realized that they had the ability to move abroad, sold the drug themselves in small amounts to convert the drug in money” , the official said.
The business begins with a family member, but ultimately involve the rest of the family, according Boraschi-it becomes a way of life, involving wife, sons, uncles and even grandparents. “It is hard to combat. Always takes a family business. ”
For every ¢ 1,000, they get 40% (¢ 400), but can not get families out of poverty.
Families take the activity to survive, but spending on goods such as flat screen televisions and expensive tennis, but their houses are falling, said the PCD agent.
There are exceptions. On Thursday, the PCD, dismantled a drug trafficking in Chacarita, Puntarenas, where the Sandi leader lived in luxury.
“For a police combat narcofamilia painful. Today is stopped when dad and mom. A year turns for the children, as I did with the Gutierrez family, “said an agent of the PCD.