Busy week for Dominican drug barons and corrupt police in DR
Dominican Republic Police Precinct protected a drug dealer

DominicanToday.com - Cristian Pozo (El Matatan), a notorious alleged head of a ring of drug pushers in San Cristobal (south) paid RD$6.0 million for protection each month to the Police Precinct, Justice minister Francisco Domínguez revealed Thursday .

He said an investigation seeks to determine if all agents in San Cristobal were getting money from "Matatan," arrested by the National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD).

"We’re investigating to determine if San Cristobal’s entire staff is associated with Matatan," Dominguez said, and affirmed that drug pushers are directly behind most of Dominican Republic’s crimes.

The official, speaking during the opening of Justice Ministry community office in the Invivienda sector, Santo Domingo East, said it’s shameful that police agents, “who are supposed to fight crime, become their allies.”

He said Matatan pushed cocaine and other drugs, and the authorities confiscated two pickup trucks, two shotguns, a revolver, several cell phones, among other evidence.


Mexican drug lord’s clout reached Dominican Republic

Joaquin Guzman Loera (El Chapo), head of Mexico’s bloodiest cartel, Sinaloa, had decided to use Dominican Republic territory as one of his key routes to ship large amounts of cocaine and heroin to Europe.

A compilation of dates and names by outlet eldia.com.do shows that Guzman had already been using the country to smuggle drugs to U.S. for several years, in coordination with associates of the now defunct Cartel del Valle del Norte.

With the fall of the major drug traffickers operating from Dominican territory such as Quirino Paulino, José Figueroa Agosto, Ernesto Bienvenido Guevara Díaz, Ramón Antonio de el Rosario Puente, Yubel Enrique Méndez and the Colombian Luis Santacruz Echeveri, among others, "El Chapo Guzmán" decided to send his people to Dominican Republic to oversee his interests.

As part of his strategy he sent the Mexican who used the name of Luis Fernando Bertolucci Castillo (Fernando Blengio Cesaña), sent in person by the head of Sinaloa cartel to coordinate drug trafficking operations with Colombian counterparts and Dominican associates from here.

Guzman was iinitially considered a pawn within the Sinaloa cartel and as such was extradited to the U.S. in July 2012. But it turned out that the Mexican arrested was a pilot of Guzman’s confidence whose real name was Fernando Blengio Cesaña and whom U.S. authorities wanted to use as a witness against Vicentillo Zambada, son of "El Mayo Zambada," the Sinaloa cartel’s second-in-command and El Chapo’s possible successor.

Mexican link

The Mexican link was uncovered with the July 1 arrest in Villa Mella of the Lebanese national Mawan Chebli Chebli, who turned out to be a figure with frequent moves between Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico. He was even prosecuted in Venezuela in June 2007.

In addition to that case, several major drug shipments were detected in the country which later turned out that they were sent by Guzmán, such as the 807 kilos of cocaine at Caucedo Multimodal Port on March 14, 2012, which, according to authorities, was owned by the Mexican capo. The drug was to Valencia, Spain.

That same cartel suspected of ordering the execution in Santiago of four Colombians in 2011, after the alleged loss of a major shipment, which was seized as the result of an undercover operation involving several agents.


Dominican Republic’s police chief accused of corruption

 Six civil society organizations on Tuesday filed a criminal complaint against National Police chief Manuel Castro and several senior officers, just one day after the confusing arrest of an agent found with nearly half-a-million dollars in a luxury SUV.

Castro was charged in the Justice Ministry’s Anti-corruption Dept. (Pepca) with criminal conspiracy, corruption, nepotism and several articles of the Criminal Code by the National Human Rights Council (CONADEHU), Rogelio Cruz Foundation, the Dominican Radio Hosts Guild, (CDL), the National Council of Young Journalists (CONJCO), the National Ex military Association and the Dominican Federation of Workers, among other NGOs.

The 10-page document lists the police chief’s alleged crimes together with those of colonel Castro Castillo (Chino), HR director Mejía Sánchez Trejo, Baez Santilier, and Criminal Division director (DICRIM) general Decena Rojas.

"He (Castro) also designated his mother Mirilla Castro President of the Officers Wives Association, something considered unusual, because when the National Police Chief is single, who occupies the post is the wife of the Deputy Chief," the complaint says.

"We understand that all this is stipulated and penalized by our Dominican Penal Code, as contained in article 166 on malfeasance."

Strange sergeant

Police sergeant Eduardo Andrés Massanet Martínez was arrested with US$449,440, presumably from money laundering, but released on alleged lack of evidence.

Castro said Massanet was fired from the Police, but doubts linger since the suspect didn’t figure as performing any function in law enforcement.


Three arrested for drug related crimes in Velez-Malaga

Two of them, a Dominican man and his 23-year-old girlfriend, were arrested for alleged cocaine trafficking, whereas the third one was arrested for buying the drug. National Police started an investigation after knowing a man could be trafficking cocaine in Velez-Malaga and nearby regions. After a short investigation, the man was arrested last Monday while he was selling 35.7 grams of the drug to a man in Torrenueva (Granada), who was also arrested.

The alleged trafficker’sgirlfriend was arrested later as officers believe she had been cooperating with him in trafficking the drug.In a search of the couple’s house in Velez-Malaga, National Police seized 207 grams of cocaine, 799grams of adulterating substance for drugs, €2,170 in cash, a vehicle and several tools to manipulate the drugs.They also seized a converted starter pistol with four cartridges, for which the Dominican man has been charged with alleged weapon possession.


USA Deports 90 Ex Dominican Drug Traffickers

(Prensa Latina) The United States deported in the first 35 days of this year 90 Dominican ex prisoners, who served sentences for drug trafficking, according to press reports.

The sources said this figure exceeds by 39 percent the number of people repatriated for this reason in the same period of 2013.

Also arrived in the Dominican Republic 28 ex prisoners for assault, another 17 for forgery of documents, nine for rape, eight for kidnapping and four for arson.

A number of these former prison inmates denounced repeatedly their suffering mistreatment in US jails.

"Say something here, we don't have anyone to defend us from the torturers who beat Dominicans in jail, regardless their sex or age," said the victims, who also complained about the lack of adequate food and a ban in force, preventing them from sunbathing in the prison courtyard, sometimes for two weeks.

According to sociologists and other professionals, the ignorance of the true US reality leads many immigrants to US prisons, and they are returned to their places of origin later with conduct problems.

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