Dominican Police Colonel’s murder opens major scandal(Update 4) The family speaks out! -  The murder of lieutenant colonel Virgilio Casilla Minaya, gunned by alleged hired killers Friday night  in the presence of his wife and a 10 year old daughter, opens another major scandal in the National Police, after the chief Jose A. Polanco revealed that the officer had been working in different cases of extortion and fraud involving several of its members.



Only two people are being held for questioning in the murder, which rocked the sector where Casilla lived.

The lieutenant colonel, who belonged to the Police Internal Affairs Division, was also accompanied by his brother at the time of his death.

Radhamés Segura, a senior member of the ruling PLD party who spoke in the name of the officer’s relatives, said he’s confident the Police will find those behind the horrible crime.

Casilla’s colleagues said he was a dedicated, hardworking and honest man who wore the police uniform with pride.

He as buried with full honors yesterday in a cemetery in the outskirts of the capital.


Dominican Watchdog Note:

Its about time the Dominican people wake up and stop the corrupt police officers! Thinking that the police will find those who organized the killings of one of their own is a joke. Every time its close to a general, he gets retired and investigation stops!

Update Januar 26, 2011 - Below a related articles from DominicanToday with some interesting reader comments!!


Update 3, FEB 02, 2011

Police colonel’s puzzling killing takes another twist

anto Domingo.- The National Police yesterday suspended major Cristino Batista, after one of the accused of lieutenant colonel Virgilio Casilla Minaya’s murder revealed that he recommended not to turn himself in to the authorities.

The latest development is yet another twist in the now puzzling killing of one of the top investigators of the Police Internal Affairs Division.

The Police also said Batista was placed at the disposal of the Justice Ministry for questioning in conection with to Casilla’s death. One of the acused, Fermín Peñaló (Tatao), told the authorities that Batista told him that he shouldn’t surrender when investigators were after him as a suspect.

Yesterday four more men, adding to the original three, were accused of having planned an assault prior the colonel’s murder on January 21.

The authorities are holding Joel Celado Batista, José Luis Celado Collado, Gregory José Arias Ozuna and Eddy Manuel Carvajal Acosta, alias “El Guardia,” charged with having planned to steal a gold chain from the officer on January 14, but didn’t carry out “because there were many people in the place.”

On the case, Police chief Jose Polanco and Santo Domingo province prosecutor Perfecto Acosta reiterated that the murder resulted from the holdup to steal Casilla’s gold chain, which was sold for 54,000 pesos.

Reader somments:

Written by: gmiller261, 1 Feb 2011 9:58 AM
From: United States
7 men to commit a robbery. Bullshit. What a bunch of transparent, clueless liars.
Written by: VeronicaDR, 1 Feb 2011 11:17 AM
From: United States
We know this is a lie. Now we need a president who sees these major events and demands the people working for him to their jobs and not be corrupt. We need a president who actually cares about the country and not his wealth.
Written by: WalterPolo, 1 Feb 2011 11:39 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Written by: RaulAntonioAcosta, 1 Feb 2011 11:46 AM
From: United States
Cual Es La Diferencia Entre Leonel Y Mubarak?
Written by: Lopez31, 1 Feb 2011 11:54 AM
From: United States
Today Egypt Tomorrow Mi Republica Dominicana! Its time to so some house cleaning and get rid of all these corrupt parasites.
Written by: DMVR37, 1 Feb 2011 11:58 AM
From: United States
When will this madness of lawlessness stop?
Written by: Escott, 1 Feb 2011 2:51 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
Life is cheap in the RD
Written by: Perception, 1 Feb 2011 4:08 PM
From: United States
cono, donde esta Trujillo?
Written by: okian, 1 Feb 2011 7:17 PM
From: United States
Most of us could see through this smoke screen they were throwing with most high level related killings.


Update 4, FEB 02, 2011

Slain colonel’s relatives call the Police report “theater” - The relatives of lieutenant colonel Virgilio Casilla Minaya yesterday called the Police report that he was killed during a holdup to steal a gold chain and his pistol a “theater play.”

Melis Casilla, the victim’s oldest sister noted that if the nurder occurred during an assault, why didn’t the thugs take his two cell phones? His graduation ring, his wallet and nothing in the business they were in at the time.

“That seems to be a theater play because they didn’t take his chain and pistol, he had his graduation ring, his wallet and two cells, why didn’t they take it if it were a robbery? Why didn’t they enter the colmado to steal what my other brother had made that day?”

Quoted by, the slain officer’s relatives state their disagreement with the National Police report and point to the alleged poisoning of the taxi driver who took the alleged killers to the colonel proves that there others behind the crime, “because they know the dead don’t speak, and if they donot speak they cannot say who is behind all this.”

Whereas Casilla Minaya’s widow Mercedita doesn’t believe the it was a holdup either. “All this has me very confused, I know now what to think any longer. They went to kill it directly; they didn’t speak of a holdup or anything. They called him by his nickname, we called  him `Chino', they did so and they were going as if to salute him, but right away the shot him point-blank.”


Domincian Watchdog agree with all these reader comments! It's complete nonsense that he was gunned down in front of his wife and kid to steal a gold chain!! How stupid do the Dominican's think the rest of the world are? This just show that corruption is directly connected to the top of the Government, and if somebody gets too close, they are KILLED!!!



Dominican officers sought to take over Puerto Rican kingpin’s drug empire

The National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) yesterday affirmed that a group of officers discharged from their institutions, four colonels, two majors and four lieutenants among them, sought to form a ring of narcotics traffickers to replace the Puerto Rican kingpin Jose Figueroa Agosto’s network.

DNCD spokesman Ramon A. Rodriguez said the officers were part of a group of 28 military, police and agents assigned to Las Americas International Airport (AILA), where they helped ship cocaine and heroin to Puerto Rico.

The colonels Efrén Valera Sosa had been dishonorably discharged; Gustavo Amable Feliz and Juan Alberto Smith were forced to retire, while Adalberto Castillo Perez had been sanctioned with 10 days under arrest.

The discharged majors and lieutenants who Rodriguez said would’ve replaced Figueroa’s network are Alex Sanchez Familia and Franklin Fulcar Perez, as well as the lieutenants Danilo Ginebra Simone, Carmelo Laureano Contreras, Biolenny Lopez Perez and Wilson A. Lopez, while others of the rank were transferred from the DNCD and the Airport Security Corp (CESA), back to their units.

They were linked to the 145 kilos of cocaine seized December 2 in the AILA, in a plane of the company Air Cargo Carriers, minutes before taking off to Puerto Rico.

The U.S. pilots Kevin Henson Kranz and Chistopher Schmidt were detained in the case.


Written by: RobertoJose, 25 Jan 2011 7:32 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island....Eeeeazzy !! (Your Word and Principals are all you have , PROTECT THEM!!!! )
The biggest IDIOT here is the Dominican Government, what a JOKE!!! The UNITS that were to prevent the trafficking of drugz are key players OF the trafficking network. FORCED to retire !!!!!

Someone should just _______ the president.
Written by: Ricardolito, 25 Jan 2011 7:34 AM
From: Dominican Republic, vieja Santo Domingo
I shudder to think of the force that was used to gain this very valuable information from those who were caught ..but worth every bruise . But we have been informed by the anti corruption people that majors and colonels never are successfully prosecuted so what happens now .?? Do these people get charged ??
It seems to me that the DNCD was a very good training ground for potential drug dealers as there were mass dismissals in Samana, Santiago and now the Airport as well as dismissals elsewhere of corrupt officers .
With the drug force and the police having so many corrupt officers , exactly who can the general public trust .
Written by: BASTA, 25 Jan 2011 8:14 AM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs
Someone should just _______ the president.= no,no he/she's so sweet! Unless it's in the butt
Written by: telemeco, 25 Jan 2011 8:29 AM
From: United States, Paterson, New Jersey
If the DNCD know who they are,,pick them already know they were dealing with drugs some pick them up before the tree goes too big to shut down
Written by: gmiller261, 25 Jan 2011 9:01 AM
From: United States

" four colonels, two majors and four lieutenants "

Now that's integrity.

Can you imagine what the rest of the forces are made of?
Written by: Lopez31, 25 Jan 2011 10:14 AM
From: United States
"Discharged" and "Forced to retire".......Those are the consequences of being a drug trafficker in a Banana Republic.
Written by: cbelk99, 25 Jan 2011 11:04 AM
From: United States
40 to Life.,without PAROLE.
Written by: ErnestoVegaGarcia, 25 Jan 2011 11:55 AM
From: Dominican Republic
This is business as usual in D.R.
It will never change until people open their eyes.
Dominicans have never gotten over Trujillo, how long does it take to smell the coffee?
There is not even a glimmer of hope that any elected official actually has an interest in the people. As long as the D.R. runs on corruption, it will be corrupt.
Where there is no will of the people, there is no liberty.

How to build a fence in the D.R

Lopez needs a fence around his property. He calls an in-law who's an engineer in the Army. The army guy tells his Colonel who's knows the General that owns the Cement factory. The General tells him to be the contractor, the Colonel says I don't have any cement trucks! Get them from Major so and so at the armory, collect the delivery fee, give him half, and we split the rest. The Colonel says who builds the fence? The General says take 30 soldiers, and the Engineer, get the tools from the armory. Charge Lopez triple the cost / bribes keep 30% give me the rest
Written by: THINK, 25 Jan 2011 5:15 PM
From: United States, SDQ -- Mia --NY

The easiest and the most effective way is :

Change the penalty, take a look of the penalties of China, Singapore...etc.

Then, it will help, not even 100% but will help to lower the drug activities dramatically.
Written by: VeronicaDR, 25 Jan 2011 6:11 PM
From: United States
I expect nothing less than what I read in this article. If you ever are looking for the biggest criminals find the highest ranking police or military person around. 9 times out of 10 they are the biggest criminal. The politicians are even worse just collecting extortion and bribe money to let the other guys below them continue to conduct business. If the truth about what goes on really ever came out it would be one hell of a story.
Written by: Mason3000, 26 Jan 2011 1:44 AM
From: Dominican Republic

Lying, stealing, fraud, corruption & extortion aren't even considered negative words by most Dominicans anymore. They're so desensitized & perverted through years of violence, abject poverty & lack of opportunity that those words now translate from "English" into "Dominican" as...."Resourceful", "motivated", "cunning", "courageous" & "successful" to most Dominicans. The rich want to be more rich & have the money/connections to make it work & the poor know that the military/police are the only professions in the DR that a poor man can become a rich man. Otherwise it's a "Caste" society with no hope out but drugs, baseball & sanky/puta.

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