On June 30th, Limón’s Criminal Court condemned six men and three women for drug trafficking. All of them were sentenced to eight years in prison. They were under extreme security measures.
These people were members of a gang known as La Luisa, which sold marijuana and cocaine in a house and a bunker in Quinto de Limón quarter.
The convicted are the gang leader, 66-year-old Luis Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez, José Uriel Ramírez Fuentes, Ronald Korea Alvarado, Jorge Soto Brenes, Mosés Mata López, Rich Ellis Fabián Solano, Nelly Ballestero Casanova and her daughters Xinia and Pamela Villarreal Ballestero.
Another man, named Solano, was absolved because the court took into account that during the three years of the investigation, he just made a drug sale to undercover police officers from the Drug Control Police (PCD).
The organization was broken up on March 5th, 2015, during an operation called ‘Colitas’. During this operation, 60 PCD officers participated along with 60 UIP (Unidad de Intervención Policial) officers who raided nine properties in Los Lirios, Limoncito and Barrio Quinto.
In one of the raids, officers seized five kilos of marijuana and three kilos of cocaine.
Díaz and some of his collaborators have great records for selling drugs, aggravated theft, sodomy, procuring, attempted murder and extortion.