October 25th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) – On July 31st, 2011, a man by the last names Zamora Valerio was caught with one ton of “High Red” marijuana.
Zamora, from Nicaragua, was arrested in an operation that had been coordinated with United States coastguard and Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police (PCD, in Spanish).
The man was arrested along with 5 others, four of whom are in preventive detention.
However, a judge allowed Zamora to be freed by posting $6,000 bail, which he quickly paid, and then fled the country.
After the marijuana had been confiscated, officers from the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) began an investigation into the man’s financial transactions, and found that between 2009 and 2011, Zamora had laundered close to 61 million colons.
As a result, OIJ agents raided yesterday three properties belonging to the suspect: a carwash called “Raduan,” a fried chicken shop, and a house in downtown Limon. Agents say that the financial activities of the businesses were in excess of what would be expected.
Authorities also confiscated a Chevrolet Camaro, said to be worth $50,000, and other possessions owned by Zamora.
The detectives are now trying to locate Zamora’s wife, a woman by the last names Zuniga Araya. They believe she has also fled.
The criminal trial for drug trafficking will resume today in the Court of Justice in Limon.
Authorities say the man is presumed to have fled to Haiti.