The General Directorate of Customs (DGA) reported that so far this year it has seized 401,117 firearms and ammunition, of which 111,899 were seized at the Río Haina Port, after the Rapiscan X-ray scanner was installed.
In a press release, he explained that as of August 17, 2022, the confiscation of firearms and ammunition grew by 65.8 percent compared to 2018, which was the highest of the pre-pandemic years, according to the General Directorate of Customs. (DGA).
“So far this year, the seizures of these artifacts, which were intended to be illegally introduced into the country, exceeded 401,117 units,” the DGA specified in the document.
It points out that this seizure is a higher figure than those seized in 2021, the year in which they reached some 300,791.
It argues that in six months of commissioning of the Rapiscan X-ray scanner, in the Río Haina Port, 111,899 units of ammunition and firearms have been seized.
“In just six months since the modern X-ray scanner Rapiscan model Eagle P60-S, manufactured in North America, came into operation at the Port of Río Haina, 111,899 units of ammunition and firearms have been seized.
CEO of CustomsEduardo Sanz Lovatón (Yayo), said that this tool is highly efficient to detect millionaire caches and combat the illicit trafficking of firearms and ammunition.
He reiterated that this entity will continue to firmly combat the illegal transfer of goods through the country’s ports, airports and border customs.
“Since the installation of the X-ray scanner last February, that entity has dealt heavy blows to contraband and that the tool is highly efficient in detecting millionaire caches and combating illicit trafficking in firearms and ammunition,” the official stressed.
The Dominican Republic went from confiscating 241,991 military artifacts in 2018 to 401,117 in 2022, this being the highest figure in the last 5 years.