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DICAN chief Carlos Fernandez Valerio (center)
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Dominican Anti-Drug Chief Accused of Stealing Cocaine

The head of the Dominican Republic's anti-narcotics police has been charged with stealing over a ton of cocaine, leading to allegations that the institution is so...
A Chilean border crossing
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Smugglers Moving Dominicans From Bolivia to Chile

Authorities in Bolivia have identified a network of Peruvian coyotes dedicated to smuggling Dominicans into Chile, highlighting how economic changes have spurred...
A victim of police killings in the Dominican Republic
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Police Killings Increasing in Dominican Republic Despite Promises: AI

Killings perpetrated by police in the Dominican Republic rose by 13 percent in the first half of 2014, according to Amnesty International, highlighting the...
Journalist Pedro Fernandez's car after the attack
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‘Drug Gang’ Attacks on Dominican Republic Journalist Highlight Organized Crime Threat

A recent series of attacks against a journalist in the Dominican Republic illustrates the tactics used to silence those investigating the drug trade in the country,...
The Dominican Republic's national police force
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Ex-Police Contract Killers in Dominican Republic: Inspector General

An official in the Dominican Republic stated that the majority the country's contract killings involve former police officers, revealing not just the extent of...
Captured 'Nrangheta mafioso Nicola Pignatelli (center)
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Dominican Republic Capture Points to Growing Italy Mafia Influence

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested a key operative from Italy's 'Ndrangheta mafia who was allegedly developing a cocaine trafficking route,...
Police display 7 ton cocaine haul in Cartagena
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Caribbean Cocaine Trafficking Continues Rise: US Officials

The proportion of drugs trafficked through the Caribbean has more than tripled in the space of five years, according to US officials, adding weight to the...
Dominican anti-drugs chief Julio Souffront
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Dominican Republic Police Corruption Sign of Booming Drug Market

Anti-drugs police in the Dominican Republic have revealed how a micro-trafficking network paid local cops over $100,000 in bribes each month, showing how the...
A Dominican official displays the latest drug haul
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Dominican Republic Heading For Record Annual Drug Seizures

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have declared they are on course to break the record drug seizures made in 2012, in a further sign of the growing importance...
Dominican Republic crime scene
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Dominican Republic: Chronicle of an Unreported Death

While homicide rates in the Dominican Republic are middle of the road compared to the rest of the region, deaths are highly concentrated and hidden in poor sectors...
Dominican authorities excavate the underground lab
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‘Biggest Caribbean drug lab’ busted in Dominican Republic

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have discovered a drug lab described as the largest ever found in the Caribbean, supporting suggestions that the Caribbean is...
Dominican police face consistent accusations of corruption
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Purge, Arrest, Investigation Highlight Corruption in Dominican Republic

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested an ex-soldier on drugs charges, forcibly retired 68 police officers for misconduct, and re-opened a money...