|(laht.com) – A shipment of at least 1,500 kilograms (3,303 pounds) of cocaine was seized in the eastern Dominican Republic in an operation carried out by the DNCD counter-narcotics agency with support from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.|
The drug, which was on board a boat that set sail from the La Guajira Peninsula, in Colombia, was seized in the tourist town of Juan Dolio, the DNCD’s chief, Maj. Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo, said in a statement.
Authorities arrested the three people aboard the boat: Venezuelans Richard Chirino Primera, Eliezer Hernandez Guanita and Cruz Rafael Natera Fermin.
Six Dominicans, who were going to receive the drug shipment on land, are being sought.
The DNCD said the shipment was to have been introduced into the country through a Colombian network that uses the local remnants of the criminal band of extradited Dominican kingpin Ramon Antonio del Rosario Puente.
The cocaine was ultimately intended for the United States and Europe, said Rosado.
He said the smugglers “used communications and high-tech night vision equipment, which were confiscated along with the boat.”
“This operation was carried out thanks to the combined efforts of this institution, members of the office of the DEA in the Dominican Republic and the police,” Rosado said.