Saturday, November 22, 2008

Costa Rica arrests six for medicine shipments to US

San Jose, Costa Rica (AP) - A Costa Rican official says two Americans and four others have been arrested for allegedly sending restricted pharmaceutical drugs to the United States.

Security Minister Janina del Vecchio says the Americans were responsible for shipping the drugs, while two Costa Ricans led the group and two Colombians were in charge of managing a virtual pharmacy on the Internet and buying the drugs in Guatemala.

She said the ring sent at least 80 packages containing Lorazepam, Ritalin, Tafil and Arcedol, among other drugs, to the Unites States since February.

This is the second group arrested in the last 12 months in Costa Rica that allegedly shipped restricted pharmaceuticals to the U.S.

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