SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Authorities apprehended 29 suspects and confiscated 122 kilograms (269 pounds) of cocaine being shipped to Puerto Rico.
Among the detainees were five Puerto Ricans, one Colombian, six Dominicans and 17 Russians. Two luxury homes, numerous apartments, a cargo ship, a speedboat and a plane also were seized during the operation, according to the DNCD counter-narcotics agency, which worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration during the raid.
Authorities detained Omar Alberto Díaz Pavón of Puerto Rico, who was identified as the leader of the narco-trafficking organization.
The cocaine was found in one of two villas he owned in the Casa de Campo tourist resort. Officials said one of the villas has a value of more than US$20 million.
[EFE (Dominican Republic), 07/02/2012; Milenio (Dominican Republic), 07/02/2012]