Senior antinarcotics officials arrested on missing drugs, getting cozy with trafficker

DominicanToday.com  - Two senior Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) officials and three agents, all of whom hold key positions in the entity, are investigated for the disappearance of 10 kilos of cocaine seized during a search in the Capital.

Police lieutenant colonel Vargas Ureña, head of the DNCD’s Central Division and Dominican Air Force the major Herrera Martinez, head of Operations of that same department, are being held in the National Police Special Operations compound in the subdivision Manoguayabo and in San Isidro Airbase, respectively.

Both officials headed an operative in which 14 kilos of cocaine were seized and according to the investigations they only presented a part of the drug, of which 10 kilos have yet to appear.

An alleged drug trafficker arrested recently fingered the officials, which led to an investigation and resulted in their arrest. The money which was to be used in the transaction has also vanished.

The officials and agents have been detained for more than one week and submitted to intense interrogations. Although the scandal hasn’t been disclosed, the investigation has roiled the antinarcotics organism.

Cozy with `Toño Leña'

Another official under investigation is a Police major who according to reports had a conversation with Antonio del Rosario Puente (Toño Leña) when he was about to be transferred from the jail he’s currently in.

A security camera recorded the official speaking with and giving money to del Rosario, just minutes before his transfer to the maximum security prison at Monte Plata (east).

That official’s function, as others of the specialized unit, is to guard drug traffickers, but with assault weapons and bullet-proof vests, and wearing masks to protect their identity.

Investigators say the major who’s being held in the DNCD headquarters, whose name wasn’t disclosed, had revealed his “solidarity” with the alleged narcotics trafficker. “Yes sir….no sir…, in English, were the terms the official allegedly used in the conversation with the detainee.

Go back | Date: 22 May 2010
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