Retired admiral and head of DNCD deep into Dominican drug underworld, now extradited

(chicagotribune.com) - - Authorities in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday arrested a retired admiral and former police colonel accused of being a "powerful drug trafficker" responsible for sending tons of cocaine to the United States.

Francisco Hiraldo Guerrero, chief operating officer of the country's main counter-drug agency, the National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD), between 2006-2008, would be extradited to the United States where he faces four counts of drug trafficking in the Southern District of New York, the government said.

From the local press DominicanToday:

Retired general Francisco Antonio Hiraldo Guerrero, who was the National Drug Control Agency’s  (DNCD) chief of operations, kept ties with the criminal structure of ex Dominican Army captain Quirino Paulino after the latter’s extradition.

The retired admiral, wanted on narcotics charges filed in New York Southern District Court continued doing business with Paulino’s associates, including Bienvenido Ernesto Guevara Diaz (Maconi), extradited to the U.S. in July 2009 .

Hiraldo was placed on retirement from the Navy on August 20, 2009, by then Chief of staff Homero Luis Lajara Sola.

The ex official spent 14 years in various DNCD positions, including chief operating officer from 2006 to 2008.

The ex official allegedly provided protection for large cocaine shipments to more than one ring of drug traffickers, whether entering the country or subsequent smuggling to the United States.

Cat and mouse

In the news conference to announce Hiraldo’s extradition, Attorney General Francisco Domínguez said it’s regretful that a man entrusted with pursuing traffickers has to pursued in turn. "Necessarily, sometimes those who give pursuit must be pursued."

Payments

The official said the ex official charged traffickers for "his collaboration" using his DNCD post, both in money and in drugs.

Dominguez said one of the four witnesses revealed that from 2007 to 2009 Hiraldo took part in around 25 shipments with an average of 400 kilos of cocaine each, pocketing US$100,000 per trip.

For a case of a 700 kilo shipment, instead of getting paid in cash,  ex official allegedly received a part of the drug, which he then sent to the U.S. for an ever bigger cut.

 

Dominican military handed over US intel to drug lords, El Dia reports

U.S. authorities have opened an investigation into the infiltration of drug organizations in Dominican Republic’s law enforcement agencies, and provided help including high-tech intelligence equipment, so that they could successfully smuggle the narcotics, eldia.com.do reports.

It has been learned that senior Dominican officials handed over to the drug gangs, sensitive information which U.S. intelligence agencies provided to their local colleagues.

U.S. authorities opened an investigation after noticing operations similar to several cases such already prosecuted, such as Antonio del Rosario Puente, Quirino Paulino and the group which includes former Navy senior officers Miguel Antonio Suárez and Carlos Rosso Peña Silfa.

In the case against Del Rosario Puente, known as Toño Leña , it expressly states that "obtained intelligence and assistance frin corrupt agents to promote drug trafficking activities."

U.S. authorities have also obtained direct testimony from Paulino, Rosso Peña and two others prosecuted whose names they’ve yet to disclose, because they are still providing "relevant and truthful" information.

Also prosecuted in Rosso Peña’s case have bee Navy captain Suarez, Heriberto Almonte Reyes, Gustavo Gallego Cordova, Harvey Bermúdez Lasso, Amparo Balaguera Sarta, Hector Rodriguez, Daniel Reyes González and Eduardo Almonte .

The information comes just one week after the U.S. request for extradition of retired general Hiraldo Francisco Guerrero.

 

UPDATE:

The request to extradite retired admiral Francisco Antonio Hiraldo Guerrero stems from confessions of former Dominican Army captain Quirino Paulino and Navy colonel Carlos Rosso Peña to U.S. authorities, on the links of the now extraditable and of other military officers to the protection drug shipments. of

Newspaper El Dia, citing source familiar with Hiraldo’s indictment in the U.S., details the dates, names and amounts of drug with which he is allegedly implicated.

In the indictment, individuals identified as W-1 and W-2 (Paulino and Rosso), who plea bargained in exchange for information to U.S. authorities, reveal how drug traffickers penetrated the very core of Dominican Republic’s Antinarcotics Agency (DNCD).

According to the indictment, the authorities first learned of Hiraldo’s actions from taped phone conversations from 2003 and 2004 between members of a drug trafficking ring, on cocaine shipments in the Dominican Republic, which they sougth to reship to the United States to distribute in the New York metropolitan area and elsewhere.

The information gathered led Dominican authorities to seize around 1,300 kilos of cocaine on or around December 18, 2004.

The individual who was to receive the cocaine in the Dominican Republic, referred to as "W-1", along with others, was arrested in the Dominican Republic shortly after the seizure, coinciding with the date of Paulino’s detention.

W-1 has been convicted in the United States and his information about Hiraldo’s collaboration led to the request to extradite the retired admiral, while local opinion makers see the revelation as the first of many senior officers –active and retired-  and prominent civilians whose names also figure in the indictment.

Justice minister Francisco Domínguez and Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) chief Rolando Rosado on Wednesday announced the extradition to the U.S. of ex coronel Francisco Alonso Hiraldo Guerrero, former head of antinarcotics agency’s Operations Dept.

It was learned in the press conference at the Justice Ministry, that the ex coronel also helped several cartels in the region.

 

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