Dominican Republic: Police dismantle international narcotics ring
By Dialogo October 03, 2012
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – A massive international narcotics ring coordinated by Dominicans, Jamaicans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans, Americans and Bahamians that smuggled drugs from South America into the United States has been broken up, Dominican officials said.
Rafael Senén Rosado Fermín, owner of Caribair, Sergio René Gómez Díaz and José Figueroa Ortiz were taken into custody on charges they were in charge of the operation. Dominican Army Lt. Col. Juan Ramón Rosado Pérez, three soldiers and a former National Police officer were also arrested on charges they protected and gave the ring information to elude authorities, said Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo, chief of the National Direction of Drug Control (DNCD).
Venezuelan José Veras Márquez, Puerto Rican Harry William Nazario, Americans Alberto Laureano and Daimond Mario Pérez, Bahamian Holmer Errol Outram and Dominicans Víctor Hugo Sánchez Portez, Danny Salvador Ramírez Cabral and Christian Suárez Javier were also among suspects who were arrested.
The Dominican Republic was used as a refueling stop so planes carrying drugs could travel greater distances.
“This organization managed even to penetrate the airport controls as a result of the assistance received at the airports, where they managed to recruit soldiers of different ranks and civilians to conduct their activities without problems or suspicion,” Rosado Mateo said.
[EFE (Dominican Republic), 02/10/2012; El Comercio (Ecuador), 01/10/2012; El Nacional (Dominican Republic), 01/10/2012; El Excelsior (Mexico), 01/10/2012]