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SANTO DOMINGO.- Members of the Dominican Army yesterday confiscated 12 young parrots poached in the Jaragua National Park (southwest) and arrested the two people who transported them in a pickup truck.

Two men were also arrested with 8 pounds of marijuana, 23 pieces of crack and one portion of cocaine in Pedro Brand township, just north of the capital, while another patrol detained four men for possession of a homemade shotgun.

The parrots chicks were recovered in the farm La Altagracia, Pedernales and were in the possession of Jose Ney Morales and Jose Francisco Gutiérrez, who the Army says were detained for failing show the corresponding permits to transport the birds, whose hunting is forbidden. A 9 millimeter pistol was seized from Morales, who has a license to carry it.

The recovery of the birds is part of the Army’s program to support the protection of the environment and the natural resources.

In that regard, 30 pine trunks transported illegally were seized in Guaigüí, La Vega (central) and the wood was confiscated by the office of the Environment Ministry.

In Dajabón several packages with over one pound of marijuana were seized when being brought across the border with Haiti, and charges were filed against Edwin Durán by the authorities in Dajabón.

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