Official fears Police mafia in Dominican Republic’s biggest airport - Dominican Government’s Delegate in the Las Americas International Airport (AILA) on Thursday said he’s concerned that a recent measure by the National Police will lead to the resurgence of what he called mafias in that busy terminal.

Carlos Cota Lama stated his “great surprise” with the recent reassignment of the Police’s Criminal Investigation Department in the AILA, which had been dismantled during former Police chief Rafael Guzman’s tenure. “That department which has now been activated as the Intelligence Supervision had been disintegrated at our request here in the Las Americas airport.”

He said that department of the Police mistreated and extorted money from passengers to let them travel abroad, despite having all their documents in order.

Cota Lama also revealed that a mafia of military and civilians in that terminal has been detected that lures people to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally has said the 12 Dominicans recently deported by Mexico had tried to enter the U.S., through a border crossing, after entering Mexico legally with visas obtained by the gangsters.

The official said his intelligence personnel has been instructed to actively monitor acts of corruption, drug and people trafficking, and money laundering in the country’s airports.

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