‘Powerful” trafficker’s arrest prompts probe to include active generals
DominicanToday.com - This weekend’s arrest of a powerful narcotics trafficker wanted in the United States has prompted an investigation which will include several high-ranking officers, active generals among them, for allegedly protecting the suspect.

 

Sources cited by listin.com.do revealed that Oscar E. Rodriguez Cruz, arrested Sunday, made public life as head of the “Movement New Rebirth with Papa,” which supports opposition PRD party presidential candidate Hipólito Mejía. Billboards with both their photos have been installed in several places in Santo Domingo and San Pedro (east).

When arrested the alleged trafficker was in the company of Army corporal Jose A. Vásquez, reportedly his chauffer. He reportedly moved about accompanied by several police and military bodyguards.

Rodriguez, deported from the United States on February 1997, identified as a merchant, father of eight, and who lives in one of the western sectors known as ”Los kilometers,” was being held in Najayo prison awaiting extradition in March 2009, but efforts to re-arrest him since he left the jail have been unsuccessful.

The Supreme Court ruled to arrest him on February, for extradition to a court in Boston, Massachusetts, but it has been “difficult” to detain him from the alleged protection by some senior officers, generals among them, listin.com.do reports, citing intelligence source. It said when investigators sought Rodriguez’ whereabouts, those circles alleged that he had left the country.

Rodriguez frequently traveled to the Capital to supervise his gas station located on Churchill Av., and according to the source, owns several buildings, villas, financial offices and gas stations in the east region. On the Malecon, the accused allegedly owns a large house where a chrome-plating business had operated. “He’s a man with many economic resources."

 

More back ground info:

The National Police arrested an alleged drug trafficker wanted in extradition in the United States since 2008, but who was set free by the Supreme Court May 2009 despite that the procedure hadn’t concluded, and who is linked to opposition PRD party candidate Hipolito Mejia, through the “Movimiento Nuevo Renacer con Papá,” (movement new rebirth with Papa).

The extraditable Oscar E. Rodriguez Cruz, 46, is charged with supplying an unspecified amount of cocaine from Dominican Republic to a ring in New York and Boston.

The Supreme Court Penal Chamber ruled to release Rodriguez until prosecutors submitted documents of wiretaps with a judicial order. The case had been in a sort of limbo, until the Supreme Court again issued an arrest warrant February, to resume the extradition hearing.

The authorities however hadn’t detained him since, despite that he had continued to live in the same residence and headed his numerous businesses, which include auto dealers, stores and gas stations.

The Penal Chamber called the request “sui generis” in 2009 because Rodriguez was repatriated in 1995 and hadn’t traveled since. The charges alleged that he conducted drug trafficking operations specifically from Dominican territory.

The extraditable has dozens of posters with pictures of he and Mejia, in front of a building under construction on the 30 de Mayo Av. (Malecon), in the sector of the same name.

POSTERS COME DOWN

News channel CDN 37 reports Monday that all "Llego Papa" posters were taken down in the site on the Malecon early Monday.

 

Repeat offender

The Presidency’s Antinarcotics Adviser on Tuesday accused former president Hipólito Mejía of repeat offender in getting involved with narcotics trafficker and affirmed that he was linked to convicted drug trafficker and ex Army Captain Quirino Paulino.

Marino Vinicio - Vincho- Castillo said the PRD named Paulino head of the PRD’s campaign in Elías Piña (west), adding that the situation was serious. “Look at what he (Mejía) has done. He named Quirino campaign coordinator for two provinces. He (Mejia) promoted him the day before he left (office).”

 

Read also: Leaked WIKI cable: Leonel Fernandez feared the generals, many involved in drugs!

 

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