Costa Rican club boss detained in transfers

Costa Rican club boss detained in transfers

Published Jun. 2, 2011 7:24 p.m. ET

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.