Eight Flamingo Coast Guards were arrested Friday on suspicion of illegally confiscating seafood, including octopus and snapper.
Judicial Police (OIJ) from Santa Cruz said the arrests came after the national Director of the Coast Guard, Martín Arias, had been made aware of the apparently ongoing activity.
The officers, identified by last name only—Juárez, Campos, Membreño, Correa, Soto, Ortíz and two by the last name Jiménez—were arrested while leaving the Flamingo station in their personal vehicles.
The seafood they had with them was presumed to have been “confiscated” the day before.
Meanwhile, some Potrero locals allege the area’s Coast Guards have long taken bribes of seafood caught illegally (using illegal nets or lines, fishing within a distance illegal from shore, poaching certain species) as long as they ignore the activity.
31 August 2014 | 8:11pm