Undercover colonel was key in Dominican Republic’s ‘air cocaine’ bust
Santo Domingo.- Dominican antinarcotics authorities managed to infiltrate a colonel in the network that included the four Frenchmen arrested the night of March 18, 2013, when a private jet with 700 kilos of cocaine was seized just before takeoff toward France.
Lisin.com.do reports that the US Drug Enforcement Administrating, DEA, requested the infiltration from the drug shipments constantly leaving undetected from Punta Cana, and ending up in Brussels, Belgium.
The network, four of whose members were sentenced to 20 years in prison, also used to operate out of Puerto Plata International Airport in 2012, but conflicts among the military in the region prompted it to move it to Punta Cana, coinciding with the infiltration of an antinarcotics (DNCD) agent.
“The network actually first operated out of Punta Cana, and in a moment the situation “heated up,” the fundamental reason to move operations to Puerto Plata where it returned to “heat up” and returned to the airport in the east, according to testimony in the guilty verdict handed down against the four French nationals.
A French lawmaker and technical and military agents helped the two pilots escape, but France´s refusal to extradite the fugitives has strained relations with the Dominican Republic.
According to the outlet, National Police Col. Junio Antonio Ovalle Concepción, who was assigned the DNCD, during four years, was the infiltrated agent who uncovered the smuggling through Punta Cana, where a narcotics shipment was sent every Wednesday to Brussels by Jet Air Fly, helped by key military personnel in the airport.
“At one time that jet came through Puerto Plata and there was a problem between a captain and a lieutenant,” says the colonel, citing another officer, when he was told for the first time that the Falcon jet was allowed to land and takeoff with the French pilots and the drugs.
Nov 4, 2015
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