Costa Rican club boss detained in transfers

Prosecutors in Costa Rica have detained the president of a

first-division football team in connection with suspicious money

transfers from the United States.

Prosecutor Guillermo Hernandez says Carlos Howden Pascal, the

president of Limon, was detained following investigations into

possible contraband tobacco trafficking by a relative in the United

States.

Hernandez says on Thursday he was detained in the Caribbean

coast city of Limon.

The man identified as Howden Pascal’s relative allegedly

transferred large sums of money to him, after the relative

discovered he was under investigation.

Investigators say football teams’ large cash income from ticket

sales can be used to launder money.