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Police of Costa Rica dismantle violent arm of Mexican cartel.

– Arrested 13 people linked to ‘Familia Michoacana ”
– Drugs stored in Puntarenas Group to send to Guatemala and Mexico
– Organization is linked to attacks on torture

Federal police guard suspects Alain Escutia Ramos, known as "El Leon," left, and Emilio Ovet Palacios, know as "El Mostro," alleged members of the Mexican drug cartel "La Familia Michoacana," during a presentation to the press in Mexico City, Thursday, June 17, 2010. According to federal police, both men were arrested in Michoacan, and are accused of participating in an ambush which killed 12 Mexican federal policemen earlier in the week.

Elleven Costa Ricans and seven Mexicans were detained here on suspicion of being members of the feared cartel Familia Michoacan, located in the state of Mexico.

This is the result of actions that made the Drug Control Police and the Prosecution of Puntarenas since January and culminated yesterday with the bulk of the catch.

“They raided 12 buildings and 14 arrests were made. Among these, men and women who are direct contacts with this organization in Guatemala and Mexico, “said Mauricio Boraschi, Drug Commissioner.

Proceeds from the raids yesterday also seized 250 kilos of cocaine, 476 kilos of compressed marijuana and one of heroin, sources added.

“It is important to emphasize that with these arrests we are taking a blow to the structure of  Cartel Michoacan in Central America and in Costa Rica . I also want to stress that it is one of Mexico’s most violent organizations, “said Jorge Chavarria, Vice Minister of Public Security.

In 2009, suspected members of the so-called Familia Michoacana were arrested in relation to the death of 16 policemen. Another 12 officers died this month.

Supposedly, this organization also carries out torture to their victims and enemies as part of an apparent ritual of “divine justice,” said the drugs commissioner.

According to information provided yesterday by the Police, the group’s operation began in…READ MORE HERE.