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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...
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Faux Pax? A Look at the Dominican Republic’s Plunging Murder Rate

The Dominican Republic is boasting its lowest murder rates in years, but these figures could merely be concealing a larger threat from more sophisticated...
DNCD officers display seized drugs
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Dominican Republic Claims Drug Traffickers Turning to Haiti

Officials in the Dominican Republic assert drug traffickers are now diverting shipments to neighboring Haiti, a suspicious claim that nonetheless highlights larger...
National Drug Council President Fidias Aristy
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Extradition Helps Narcos Legalize Assets: Dominican Republic Official

The head of the Dominican Republic's anti-drug coordinating agency has criticized his country's extradition treaty with the United States for allowing drug...
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Stalled Corruption Case in Dominican Republic Sparks Outrage

The recent acquittal of a senator accused of embezzling over $100 million has sparked protests in the Dominican Republic and a "crisis of faith" in the country's...
Courtroom sketch of Ralph Mata
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Six Ways a DTO Used a Miami Police Lieutenant

Former Miami Police Lieutenant Ralph Mata's involvement in drug and arms trafficking, as well as money laundering, shows just how important a high-ranking policeman...
National District chief prosecutor Yeni Berenice
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‘Police Involved in 90% of Dominican Republic Organized Crime Cases’

A top-level prosecutor in the Dominican Republic said the military and police are involved in 90 percent of organized crime cases, putting a hard number to official...
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Dominican Republic Drags Feet on Investigating Narco’s Claims

The Dominican Republic Attorney General's Office said there are no plans to investigate allegations that a convicted drug trafficker financed the campaign of a...
Quirino Ernesto Paulino Castillo
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Dominican Narco Alleges Ex-President Took Drug Money

One of the Dominican Republic's most notorious drug traffickers has claimed he financed the political campaigns of former president Leonel Fernandez in new...