Dominican Military and Police Seize Large Volume of Drugs

By Dialogo
February 17, 2015



The Dominican Republic's Navy, Air Force, and National Drug Control Police (DNCD) captured two suspected narco-traffickers in connection with the seizure of 926 packages of cocaine aboard two boats in separate operations near Saona Island earlier this month.

The suspects, who have only been identified publicly as being from the Dominican Republic, are suspected of working for the same international narco-trafficking organization that operates out of the coastal cities of Bayahibe and La Romana, according to Dario Medrano, a DNCD spokesman. They were headed for land at the time of the arrests, which occurred after the Dominican Navy seized all of the cocaine.

Saona Island is a government-protected nature reserve located off the country's southeast coast.

In another operation to fight drug trafficking, Dominican law enforcement authorities incinerated 251 kilograms of narcotics at an Army base in the municipality of Pedro Brand in the Province of Santo Domingo last week, including cocaine, marijuana, and crack. Counter-narcotics agents seized the drugs at the Las Américas International Airport in Punta Caucedo and in other localities between February 2-8.

Costa Rica captures 8 alleged narco-traffickers


In Costa Rica, the office of the Deputy Prosecutor for Organized Crime recently captured eight suspected narco-traffickers who are allegedly part of an international ring that brings cocaine into the country and transports large amounts of the drug to Honduras and Guatemala.

The Public Ministry did not immediately disclose the names of the eight suspects, which include seven Costa Ricans and a Nicaraguan national. They have been charged with international narco-trafficking and money laundering. Law enforcement authorities also seized ten vehicles.

Costa Rican counter-narcotics agents have seized 767 kilograms of cocaine and $440,000 since they began investigating the narco-trafficking network in August 2013, according to Deputy Prosecutor Miguel Abarca. Drug traffickers smuggled the cocaine from Nicaragua through the Peñas Blancas border crossing, hiding the cocaine inside the compartments of custom trucks, which transported the cocaine into North America through Central America. The drug trafficking ring allegedly transported some of the cocaine to Europe.

Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.


The Dominican Republic's Navy, Air Force, and National Drug Control Police (DNCD) captured two suspected narco-traffickers in connection with the seizure of 926 packages of cocaine aboard two boats in separate operations near Saona Island earlier this month.

The suspects, who have only been identified publicly as being from the Dominican Republic, are suspected of working for the same international narco-trafficking organization that operates out of the coastal cities of Bayahibe and La Romana, according to Dario Medrano, a DNCD spokesman. They were headed for land at the time of the arrests, which occurred after the Dominican Navy seized all of the cocaine.

Saona Island is a government-protected nature reserve located off the country's southeast coast.

In another operation to fight drug trafficking, Dominican law enforcement authorities incinerated 251 kilograms of narcotics at an Army base in the municipality of Pedro Brand in the Province of Santo Domingo last week, including cocaine, marijuana, and crack. Counter-narcotics agents seized the drugs at the Las Américas International Airport in Punta Caucedo and in other localities between February 2-8.

Costa Rica captures 8 alleged narco-traffickers


In Costa Rica, the office of the Deputy Prosecutor for Organized Crime recently captured eight suspected narco-traffickers who are allegedly part of an international ring that brings cocaine into the country and transports large amounts of the drug to Honduras and Guatemala.

The Public Ministry did not immediately disclose the names of the eight suspects, which include seven Costa Ricans and a Nicaraguan national. They have been charged with international narco-trafficking and money laundering. Law enforcement authorities also seized ten vehicles.

Costa Rican counter-narcotics agents have seized 767 kilograms of cocaine and $440,000 since they began investigating the narco-trafficking network in August 2013, according to Deputy Prosecutor Miguel Abarca. Drug traffickers smuggled the cocaine from Nicaragua through the Peñas Blancas border crossing, hiding the cocaine inside the compartments of custom trucks, which transported the cocaine into North America through Central America. The drug trafficking ring allegedly transported some of the cocaine to Europe.

Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.
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