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Costa Rican Judge Suspected of Taking Bribes

SAN JOSE – A judge suspected of freeing drug defendants in exchange for bribes was arrested Friday in the Caribbean province of Limon, Costa Rica’s OIJ investigative agency said.

The judge, identified only as a 62-year-old woman with the surname Gamboa, faces charges of corruption and influence-peddling for conduct dating back to 2011.

In one instance, she overturned the pre-trial detention order for “one of the maximum drug traffickers in the Caribbean zone,” the OIJ said in a statement.

The defendant in that case fled the jurisdiction and remains at large.

Judge Gamboa also ordered the release of a defendant who was apparently the brother of one of her friends.

Investigators suspect money changed hands in each case, the OIJ said.

OIJ searched Gamboa’s home and office, seizing documents and other evidence.

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