Azua, Dominican Republic.- Fear, concern and panic has spread throughout the country’s south central region as violence, crime and bloodshed spurred by widespread drug trafficking and the now-common rip-offs among gangs of drug dealers in Azua, Peravia (Baní) and San Cristóbal provinces.
Azua’s inhabitants live in panic after reports surfaced that the heads of the drug trafficking networks are members of the National Police itself, while the violence their deals unleash has led those provinces’ inhabitants, for fears of reprisals, to choose silence.
Azua interim prosecutor Angel Augusto Arias and Peravia and San Cristóbal governors Bienvenido Montero and Orlando Espinal say the increase of drug dealings in the country’s South region has made them feel uneasy.
Arias said drug trafficking has become a challenge for the judicial authorities, as one way or another the Justice Ministry has to deal with those people daily. “We can say that in Azua, as center of the South, there’s drug contraband, most of the merchandise we seize are prefabricated drugs, made with chemicals."
He said in most of the South, criminals deal with and steal narcotics. "When we arrest people and later verify that the drug was false, the judges are forced to release them according to Law 50-88.”
However, interviewed by newspaper diariolibre.com, the official denied that Azua is a narco-province as Peravia senator Wilton Guerrero said.