Dominican Republic officers shut down security to let drug plane land - The Defense Ministry on Wed. said the colonel in charge of the Airport Security Dept. (CESAC) at La Romana International Airport deactivated the terminal’s security system to let land an aircraft which allegedly brought drugs from Colombia in complicity with other officers.


Although neither the names of the suspects nor the details of the shipment were revealed, a source close to the investigation said the detainees are senior CESAC and Antinarcotics (DNCD) officers.

In a statement, Defense said a DNCD 1st Lt., a military contractor assigned to CESAC and all the shift personnel in the airport at the time of the arrival of the HK4909G registry plane from Cartagena, Colombia are being investigated.

Another source affirmed that the haul is over 300 kilos of cocaine and that the plane which brought it feigned an emergency situation to allow its landing under escort by the suspects.



A drug cartel paid US$500,000 in bribes to military officers, including two colonels, and workers at La Romana Airport (east), to let land a small plane from Cartagena, Colombia, loaded with 625 kilos of cocaine , on the night of October 24, a military source quoted by said on Wed.

The investigators in the case of the drug that entered the country and reportedly reshipped to Europe and the US, had recommended charges and the termination of colonels Domingo Figuereo, of the Air Force and Robert Antonio Ramírez, of the Army, accused heading the smuggling operation.

Figuereo was head of security at the airport while Ramirez was in charge of Antinarcotics (DNCD) at the terminal. Also fired and charged were Police Lt. Andrés Lorenzo Castillo and military contractor Emmanuel Cruz.

“The case exploded because the two colonels split most of the money among themselves, and that brought displeasure among the subordinates, employees of the airport who got involved and reported the irregular action to their superiors,” the source said.

To facilitate the landing of the plane which unloaded 625 kilos on October 24, the Cesac director in La Romana, “crashed” the terminal’s surveillance system in complicity with the head of the local DNCD and other employees and members of the military.

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