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José David Figueroa Agosto
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Trafficking Routes Up for Grabs After Fall of Top Caribbean Drug Kingpin

The man who was once considered the most powerful drug kingpin in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico has been convicted and sentenced to decades in a US prison,...
Migrating Venezuelans
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Fleeing Venezuelans a Business Opportunity for Organized Crime

Venezuelans fleeing the nation's political and economic crisis are boosting both criminal profits and the sources of cheap labor for organized crime across the...
Judge Ortega sentenced top DR officials to prison pending Odebrecht graft trial
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Top Dominican Republic Officials Imprisoned Pending Odebrecht Trial

Several top officials in the Dominican Republic have been remanded to pretrial detention for alleged ties with a massive graft scandal involving Brazilian...
A multi-ton cocaine seizure by the US Coast Guard
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String of Large Drug Seizures Suggests Growth in Caribbean Trafficking

The US Coast Guard recently offloaded in Puerto Rico more than a metric ton of cocaine, the latest in a string of seizures that points to a potential growth in the...
Dominican Republic police guard seized drugs
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Weekly InSight: The Dominican Republic, the Caribbean’s Cocaine Bridge

In our April 27 Facebook Live session, Co-director Jeremy McDermott spoke with Senior Editor Mike LaSusa about InSight Crime's research and reporting on the...
Nearly 20 gang members arrested last week in New York City were of Dominican descent.
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Arrests Highlight Role of Dominican Crime Groups in International Drug Trade

Authorities say the majority of some 20 gang members detained in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City last week were Dominican, shedding light on how the low...
Former Lieutenant John Percival Matos who led the group of bank robbers
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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...
Captured drug trafficking suspect Juan Abraham Leguía Manzur
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‘Most Wanted’ Peru Drug Trafficker Captured in Dominican Republic

A suspected drug trafficker named earlier this year on Peru’s list of most wanted fugitives has been captured in the Dominican Republic, another sign that Peruvian...
Former Dominican Republic anti-drug chief Carlos Fernández Valerio
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Dominican Republic’s Former Anti-Drug Chief Sentenced to 20 Years

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...
General Attorney- Dominican Republic
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New Dominican Republic AG Must Fight More than Crime

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...
Carlos Cota Lama, the leader of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD)
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Dominican Republic Politician Warns of Criminal Influence in Politics

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...
Dominican Republic Armed Forces
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Dominican Military Accused of Trafficking Arms from US Suppliers

High ranking members of the Dominican Republic security forces have been arrested for arms trafficking in a case that reveals how corrupt networks of officials...