Drug Boss Figueroa Agosto’s Ex-Wife Surrenders to Dominican Law Enforcement
By Dialogo April 19, 2011
The former wife of drug boss José David Figueroa Agosto surrendered to Dominican Republic law-enforcement authorities after having been a fugitive since September 2009, the Dominican public prosecutor’s office announced on 17 April.
“Yesterday (Saturday) she arrived in the country (from Spain), in the custody of a representative of the Public Prosecutor’s Office,” the Santo Domingo public prosecutor, Alejandro Moscoso, declared at a press conference, explaining that the suspect had turned herself in to the Spanish authorities before arriving in the country.
The official indicated that Leavy Yadira Nin Batista, alias Fior Jansen Rodríguez, who is Dominican and has a daughter with Figueroa Agosto (alias “Cápsula” [“Capsule”]), surrendered “voluntarily,” following negotiations between the authorities and her lawyers that began several months ago.
“We suggested to her that it would best for her if she surrendered, because if she did not turn herself in and was arrested by the Spanish authorities and INTERPOL,” she would be jailed “for several months in Spain,” the prosecutor said.
Nin Batista left the Dominican Republic using false documents in September 2009, before charges were filed against her.
She is accused of money laundering, illicit association, and use of false documents, among other offenses related to a drug-trafficking ring headed by Figueroa Agosto, who was arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Puerto Rico in July 2010.
The DEA arrested the drug boss after his escape in 2000 from a Puerto Rican prison, where he is serving a 209-year sentence for a long list of crimes such as kidnapping and murder.
“The suspect Nin Batista also arrived accompanied by her minor daughter with Figueroa Agosto,” Moscoso specified.
He added that the detainee will be jailed pending trial and that the Dominican courts will subsequently hold a preliminary hearing to determine charges, a stage at which proceedings are also underway against the others suspected of involvement in the drug-trafficking ring.