Dominican Authorities Arrest Colombian Cocaine Smugglers

By Dialogo
March 29, 2013

On March 27, off the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, security agencies seized 1,909 kilos of cocaine on a boat abandoned by its crew when authorities arrived. Authorities managed to detain two Colombian nationals during the process.

“The boat carrying the drugs was deserted on Saona Island; due to the pressure of the units participating in the operation, the crew was forced to abandon the vessel,” said Rolando Rosado Mateo, President of the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD).

“Two crew members were arrested, both Colombian nationals,” Rosado Mateo said in a press release, in which he also informed that the authorities were pursuing two others who remained at large.

One of the detainees was presented to the press as Andrés Ramírez Quiroz, while the other has not been identified, and both remain incarcerated on Saona Island, in the Dominican territory of La Romana province, 110 km east of Santo Domingo.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) participated in the operation, reported Mateo.

In addition to the drugs, agents confiscated an M-16 rifle with two magazines, three outboard boat motors, and 25 208-liter containers filled with gasoline.

The southern coast of the Dominican Republic has the highest presence of drug trafficking organizations that use this country as a transit route to the United States and Europe.