Three Colombians, Venezuelan Murdered in Northern Dominican Republic
SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic – The bodies of three Colombians and a Venezuelan were found inside a house in Santiago, a city in the northern Dominican Republic, police said.

Carlos Arturo Pedraza, 45, Hector Elias Peña Garcia, 24, and Alvarado Bautista, 52, all Colombian nationals, and Silvio Cesar Sanchez Monterrosa, 47, a Venezuelan citizen, were apparently killed in a drug-related settling of scores, police said.

The men were tied up and shot in the head and other parts of their bodies.

Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the killings and investigators are looking for other people, some of whom may be foreigners, police said.

Two of the victims were kidnapped on Friday by unidentified individuals and officers were on the lookout for them, National Police northern region spokesman Col. Antonio Calvo Perez said.

The bodies were found inside an empty house in the upscale Cerro de Gurabo III section of Santiago, a city about 155 kilometers (96 miles) from Santo Domingo.

Investigators suspect that the victims were killed in a dispute involving the illegal drug trade, Calvo Perez said.

The four men had arrived recently in the Dominican Republic and police had been monitoring their movements due to suspicions that they might be involved in drug trafficking, the police spokesman said.

The bodies were found in an area near where Spaniard Pablo Fanjul was murdered on Thursday in another incident blamed on drug trafficking.



Dominican Watchdog Note: The drug killings are getting worse and worse. The Dominican Republic should be renamed Little Mexico.

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