The two Colombian brothers, named Valencia Valois, arrested on suspicion of leading an international drug trafficking ring in Costa Rica will spend the next six months in pre-trial arrest.
This was determined by the Criminal Court of Alajuela, according to the petition filed by the local prosecutor’s office.
The brothers were arrested on Thursday because they apparently led a branch of a Colombian drug trafficking group dedicated to sending drugs from Colombia to Costa Rica.
The oldest of them, 40, was also a Costa Rican national since he married a Costa Rican lawyer who was released while being investigated for crimes of money laundering.
The group led by the Valencia brothers is being investigated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Drug Control Police, the Colombian Police and the US DEA.
On Thursday, the PCD raided eight properties in Villa Bonita de Alajuela and Cahuita. The leader, the 40-year-old, had a criminal record for drug offenses.
They trafficked by means of boats coming mainly from the Colombian and Ecuadorian coasts. The drugs were later extracted from the territory by means of different transports, such as the terrestrial and aerial. Likewise, the investigations revealed that the imported drug was kept in compartments for commercialization on national soil,”
confirmed the PCD.
Apparently, the suspects were also into money laundering with the purchase of lots, cars and properties.
In the raids, the PCD seized 17 kilos and 149 grams of cocaine, two kilos and 101 grams of marijuana and firearms.