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Multi-force operatives focus on Samara and Nicoya

By Arianna McKinney

On Sunday, November 20th, an operative was conducted in Nicoya canton by officials of immigration, the municipality, MINAE, Incopesca, transit and the public force, including 15 officials and two vehicles, according to Nicoya Public Force chief Adriana Cordoba. "We're going to be doing more operatives," she promised.

In the course of the evening, from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. the officials issued three traffic tickets, found 12 people without proper identification documents, decommissioned a small amount of drugs in two bars in Samara, partially closed three businesses for alcohol sales without a liquor license (i.e. locking the beer freezer) and totally closed down two Samara bars that did not have business permits on hand. Las Olas bar was able to present their permits soon afterward and opened again the next day, Cordoba explained, but El Mango in Matapalo of Samara had more problems.

Neighbors in Matapalo informed VON that El Mango is owned by Domingo Bonillo Arias, who is currently in prison in Puntarenas, as confirmed by a representative of the Puntarenas jail. The bar's manager could not be located for comment.

The three businesses that were partially closed due to issues with liquor licenses were Pizzeria El Bambucito in Nosara, Bar La Roca in Cuesta Grande of Belen and Super Herrera in Caimital of Nicoya, according to a report from David Villarreal Orias, coordinator of inspectors for the municipality of Nicoya who participated in the operative.

Jorge Arturo Lopez Ruiz, owner of Pizzeria El Bambucito, told VON that he doesn't sell alcohol in the pizzeria because it doesn't have a liquor license, but he does sell alcohol in his other restaurant, called El Bambu, which is next to the pizzeria and does have a liquor license. "I don't sell [it] there [in El Bambucito] but people buy [alcohol] in my other business and as a courtesy we bring it to them," he explained.

In addition to the operatives, the public force is also getting a boost from students of the police academy, who will be patrolling the streets in downtown Nicoya and Samara for two weeks, Cordoba informed VON. Ten cadets are in Samara and 18 are assigned to Nicoya. She hopes the arrangement with the academy will continue in the future.


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