Santo Domingo.- The National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) confiscated 1,402 packages, presumably cocaine, in two simultaneous operations of maritime, air and land interdiction, carried out this Monday on the coasts of San Pedro de Macorís and Santo Domingo.
In a first operation, DNCD agents and military personnel, according to intelligence reports, mounted an extensive operation by air, sea and land, where they sighted the occupants of a boat several nautical miles south of the province of San Pedro de Macoris.
After inspecting the boat of about 25 feet in length, 23 bales containing the amount of 659 packages were seized and four men (two Dominicans, one Colombian and one Venezuelan) were arrested.
In the joint operation, which lasted just over 16 hours, two outboard motors of 75 Hp each, nine jugs of fuel, a nine-millimeter caliber pistol with several capsules, among other evidence, were also seized.
In a second operation, and as part of the joint actions, the DNCD, the Navy and the Air Force began an operation to interdict the occupants of a speedboat (Gofast type) to the south of Santo Domingo, where after several hours of pursuit managed to intercept the boat.
Once the 35-foot-long boat was boarded, four Venezuelans were arrested and 25 bags with 743 packages were seized inside, which is presumed to be cocaine, two outboard motors of 115 Hp each, three jugs and eleven tanks. .
“The seizure of these 1.4-ton caches is the result of the DNCD’s broad and close cooperation with the Navy, Air Force, Army, Police, State Intelligence agencies and the Attorney General’s Office,” he says. the press release.
The Public Ministry and the DNCD are trying to establish if the cases are related in any way, while there are reports that both vessels would have reached Dominican coasts from South America.
The authorities continue to hit the national and international drug trafficking structures that try to use the Dominican territory for their illicit activities, actions that have allowed the confiscation of more than 12 tons of cocaine in the last four months, as well as the arrest of members of networks dedicated to crime. organized.
The 1,402 packages, seized separately in San Pedro and Santo Domingo, were sent under chain of custody to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences (INACIF), which will determine the exact type and weight of the substance.