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Ex-Military Bank Robbers in DR Highlight Security Force Corruption

Ex-Military Bank Robbers in DR Highlight Security Force Corruption

The case of a group of bank robbers in the Dominican Republic headed by a former member of the military raises concerns about corruption and criminalization within the country's security forces.

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The Caribbean's geographic location and countless islands make it a huge transshipment route for drugs heading to the United States, a dynamic that has fostered high rates of violence and gang-related crime. Weak governance and endemic corruption have been essential in strengthening organized crime's roots in the region.

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  • Ex-Military Bank Robbers in DR Highlight Security Force Corruption

    Former Lieutenant John Percival Matos who led the group of bank robbers

    The case of a group of bank robbers in the Dominican Republic headed by a former member of the military raises concerns about corruption and criminalization within the country's security forces.

  • Venezuela Economic Crisis Fueling Piracy on Caribbean Coast

    Fisherman bringing their boat ashore on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast

    Venezuela's dire economic situation is fueling piracy off the coastal state of Sucre, providing one example of the various illicit activities growing along the country's Caribbean coast that have come to affect local communities.

  • Senator-elect in Haiti One of DEA's Most Wanted

    Guy Philippe, wanted by the DEA and the Haitian government, was recently elected senator in Haiti

    A Haitian sought by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for drug trafficking and money laundering was elected senator in his home country, an illustration of the perverse disconnect between the law and its lawmakers in that island nation.

  • Spanish Navy's Cocaine Cargo Skipped Customs Checks

    The “Juan Sebastián de Elcano” Spanish military training ship used to smuggle cocaine from Colombia to New York.

    A military judge has indicted six Spanish military sailors and a civilian for allegedly trafficking cocaine hidden aboard a naval training ship, a rare case touching upon the often overlooked role of yachts and Europe's armed forces in drug trafficking modus operandi.

  • Dominican Republic's Former Anti-Drug Chief Sentenced to 20 Years

    Former Dominican Republic anti-drug chief Carlos Fernández Valerio

    The Dominican Republic's former top anti-narcotics official was sentenced to 20 years in prison for cocaine theft in a case that illustrates how the island's corrupt state agents are potentially becoming traffickers in their own right.

  • New Dominican Republic AG Must Fight More than Crime

    General Attorney- Dominican Republic

    The Dominican Republic’s new attorney general faces big challenges in combatting the organized crime that has made the island nation a hub for drug trafficking in the Caribbean, and many of them start with improving the country's system of law enforcement.

  • 2016 Seizures Suggest CentAm Still Top Drug Corridor to US

    A drug haul by Guatemala's PNC on July 23

    Panama and Guatemala have seen a sizeable increase in drug seizures through the first half of 2016, an indication of Central America's persistent importance as a trafficking route to the United States despite past predictions of an impending shift towards the Caribbean.

  • Dominican Republic Politician Warns of Criminal Influence in Politics

    Carlos Cota Lama, the leader of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD)

    The head of a major political party in the Dominican Republic has become the latest high-profile figure to denounce the influence of organized crime in the Caribbean nation's political scene.

  • Business as Usual Following Caribbean Cocaine Network Bust?

    San Andrés island

    The capture of 19 people for trafficking cocaine through the Caribbean archipelago of San Andrés reveals how Colombia's criminal groups used -- and will continue to use -- this tourist hotspot as a strategic operational center.

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    The Caribbean's geographic location and countless islands make it a huge transshipment route for drugs heading to the United States, a dynamic that has fostered high rates of violence and gang-related crime.

    Weak governance and endemic corruption have been essential in strengthening organized crime's roots in the region.

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