North coast drug scandals pit Dominican Police, Justice Ministry

SANTO DOMINGO. – The Justice Ministry yesterday accused Police agents of being accomplices of drug trafficking in Puerto Plata, forming “a serious stumbling block” to the prosecutors’ work to fight it, charges expected to unleash a confrontation between the heads of those departments.

Contrary to Police chief Rafael Guzmán’s allegation that it’s the zone’s prosecutors who conspire with drug traffickers, a report by Assistant prosecutor Ramon Arístides Madera says Police, antinarcotics (DNCD), and some Armed Forces agents destroyed and contaminated evidence, didn’t carry out Justice Ministry instructions, switched drugs sent to the forensics lab to protect narcotics traffickers and didn’t investigate bloody crimes in that zone.

“There was no way to break the inertia of those corrupted agents.” says the report given to Justice minister Radhamés Jiménez, and defends the actions of the prosecutors Grimilda Disla, Wilfredo Martinez and Ramon Núñez, “who have done their part, acted responsibly and heroically when denouncing and confronting the evil of drug trafficking in Sosúa and Puerto Plata.

It states that it was those prosecutors’ efforts that uncovered the actions 31 police agents who were fired for serious offenses.

On February 16 Guzmán denounced that the three assistant prosecutors had links with and provided protection for rings of narcotics traffickers in Sosúa, and made reference to taped telephone conversations between alleged narcotics traffickers and prosecutors.


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