SANTO DOMINGO.- United States pursuit aircraft, Coast Guard ships and armored helicopters will be used to erect a virtual wall around Dominican Republic’s territorial waters and airspace to intercept and prevent drug airdrops.
The operations, coordinated by the National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) and the United States Drugs Enforcement Administration (DEA) will extend to the border zones and have the logistical support of the U.S. and Dominican governments in a joint effort aimed at integrating the Haitian and Colombian authorities.
According to the newspaper Listin Diario, State intelligence sources made the revelation last night, adding that one of those DEA military aircraft is already parked in the San Isidro Airbase, with sophisticated persecution and reconnaissance equipment against possible illegal incursions of airplanes loaded with drugs.
Yesterday, the heads and coordinators of operations of antinarcotics trafficking teams met in DNCD headquarters to design plans that will be made operational in the next few days, with the use of aircraft, ships and helicopters to persecute small planes or boats that violate Dominican airspace.
Recently, an increase in drug airdrops has taken place from aircraft which have managed to penetrate Dominican territory by air, loaded with narcotics whose final destination is the United States and which comes from South America.
The last Friday several DEA and United States Defense Department officials met in the country with the senior antinarcotics authorities to discuss plans to conduct in the next days.