Major scandals rock Dominican antinarcotics agencies - Despite the strategies, interagency efforts and sizable government spending to modernize the law enforcement agencies and watch over the their members’ behavior, mainly the Police and the Drugs Control Agency (DNCD), a higher number of agents were involved in crimes in 2010, including drug trafficking, murders and assaults.

Some of the cases, committed by senior Police and military officers became scandalous given their dimension and the ranks of the agents involved, such as the heads of the Police Narcotics departments in Santiago and San Francisco, who’ve been charged with smuggling cocaine.  

Of the 1,097 murders of civilians to November, Police agents and members of the Armed Forces been have involved directly or indirectly in at least 300 of them.

This year’s most scandalous case has been the arrest of the San Francisco Police Antinarcotics Unit commander, major Miguel Rodriguez, caught in November by the DNCD while personally transporting, from the Cibao region to the capital 400 kilos of pure cocaine, reportedly owned by and international drug trafficking network, whose main members were arrested that same day, two Colombians among them.

The second major scandal was the arrest of Santiago Police Antinarcotics Unit commander colonel Franklin A. Peralta, arrested by special DNCD agents in a shakedown of 15 kilos of cocaine from several drug traffickers in the Santiago province town Licey.

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