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Police in Costa Rica Arrested in Extortion Targeting Canadian Tourists

Costa Rica News – Police officers in Costa Rica have been arrested for shaking down Canadians in an extortion scheme targeting unwary tourists.
Two Canadian visitors — a married couple — were traveling near Belén, in the northwest region of the country, on Nov. 14 when they were stopped at a police checkpoint. They were about 30 kilometres from the area’s resorts and beaches and 250 kilometres from the capital, San José.
Two police officers with the Fuerza Pública, a civilian police agency responsible for the majority of street policing in the country, asked the Canadians to show them their passports, according to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), a specialized national police agency, similar to the FBI in the United States.
The Canadians said they were not carrying

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