Cocaine Smugglers Sentenced to 46 Years

Six years and a trial aborted passed before the Office of Organized Crime and Narcotics who achieved the conviction of four suspects who formed a network dedicated to smuggling cocaine hidden in ferns.

The court sentenced the leader of the Guápiles group with the surname Castro, to 15 years in prison, his right hand man surname Peñaranda to 13 years in prison. Two other subjects Uriago surnames and Salazar to nine years in prison.

The judges gave liberty to one of the defendants.

And according to the public prosecution office, this group operated from a warehouse in the heart of Guápiles.

From there ferns were exported to Holland, but in those containers they also sent drugs.

In one case the Dutch authorities found 375 kilos of cocaine in some 350 plants.

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