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Casa Linda: a secure private community

Casa Linda is a gated community tucked in behind the highway between Sosua and Cabarete. This community has long been known as one of the best values in the region. Casa Linda is a community of private villas situated of quiet streets. Owners can opt to include their home in the rental program run by management. For more information visit the Casa Linda Website

Cesar José: More marketing money for POP

27 Police officers arrested for drug involvement

PUERTO PLATA— President Leonel Fernandez last night relieved Puerto Plata-based Northwest Regional Police commander general Bienvenido Calderón Efres, and replaced him with brigadier general Eduardo Alberto Then.

The measure comes amid an investigation of 27 Police officers, including two colonels who served in that region, for alleged involvement in drug trafficking, including the death of a reported drug dealer and of collecting “tolls” to allow the activity, and just months after a similar number of Dominican Navy officers were charged with the killing of seven Colombian drug traffickers in Bani.

The measure was announced after a meeting of the Democratic Security Council headed by Fernandez in the Palace.

Prior to his duties in Puerto Plata, Then headed the Central Cibao Regional command based in Santiago, where he stood out for his work against organized crime.

Fernandez also fired Puerto Plata Police Investigation commander colonel Frank Felix Almonte, who was accused -together with 21 other senior officers and enlistees assigned to that precinct- of drug traffic and several murders orderered by drug traffickers.

The Presidency’s Chief of staff Cesar Pina Toribio announced Fernandez’s decision in a press conference, after a meeting with of the National Council for Citizen Security.

“These are the results of an investigation that lasted more than three months,” said Police chief Rafael Guzmán.

National Police chief Rafael Guzmán Wednesday said he won’t allow Dominican Republic to become “Mexicanized,” in reference to Mexico, a country he said has a high crime index.

He said he’ll unwaveringly fire and prosecute to full extent of the Law the agents, including generals, linked to drug trafficking.

Guzmán affirmed that at president Leonel Fernandez’s instructions the Police is immersed in a anti-corruption campaign. “We won’t allow the country to become Mexicanized in its institutions. I’m very clear and aware of the situation and the President of the Republic has expressed it to me thusly.”

The Police Chief added that there are currently more regional commands under investigation, two days after Puerto Plata Precinct commander, general Rafael Calderon Efres, was relieved of duty after investigators found evidence of his alleged links to organized crime.

From: Dominican Today

Brugal patriarch dies

George Arzeno Brugal, president of the Dominican Republic’s largest rum distiller, died in Tampa, FL, Friday while taking part in government-sponsored talks to deal with the effects of the global economic crisis.

Luis Concepcion, a company spokesman, confirmed Brugal’s death, saying he had not been ill and that his children were with him when he died.

Brugal was president of the rum and beverage company Brugal, founded in 1888.A year ago this month it sold 83% of the company’s shares to The Edrington Group, a Scottish distilling company, for $400 million.

He also was president of the Brugal Foundation which has made major grants to non-profit Dominican institutions for the past decade.