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Santo Domingo.- The President’s Adviser on narcotics warned Monday that real mafias are taking root in Dominican Republic, whose society has been neglectful by ignoring their mechanisms and presence, calling the recent executions of local and foreign citizens, their “simple tertiary manifestations.”

Marino Vinicio Castilo said when Russian and Italian mafias buy beach and coastal properties; everyone knows what that’s about. “Those are spaces which they are taking, territories independent of the political, social or economic spaces that they are being charged for, and that’s the dangerous part.”

Interviewed in the Colorvision program Hoy Mimso, the official said that although the battle to eradicate those groups hasn’t been lost, called the social medium’s organic weakness dangerous. “That’s truly dangerous, when they are allowed to enter licit spaces and command situations of their interest and don’t abandon their habits because they are neither saints nor sanctified. Those who think that they’re going to change their nature based on ‘going legit’ are simply mistaken.”

Even so Castillo urged the authorities to continue confronting the mafias.

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30 comment(s)
Written by: BASTA, 14 Feb 2011 12:50 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
What about the Customs/Police Mafia. Only home grown Mafia allowed?
Written by: WalterPolo, 14 Feb 2011 12:53 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
What about Dominican/Colombian/Puerto Rican/Venezuelan?

Oh sorry, those are his friends.
Written by: matador, 14 Feb 2011 1:33 PM
From: United States,
What the worries, the real Mafia are the Cops & millitary of DR.
Written by: curlando, 14 Feb 2011 1:38 PM
From: United States, Bronx/Dominican Republic
Tell me something new.
Written by: riosm, 14 Feb 2011 1:56 PM
From: United States
LOL really......I didn't know that.
Written by: VeronicaDR, 14 Feb 2011 2:08 PM
From: United States
Our country is a haven for criminals because it is run by a bunch of criminals.

Of course the uneducated and corrupt minus crew will not like this comment. Hey too bad stop being so stupid!
Written by: matador, 14 Feb 2011 2:24 PM
From: United States,
u Got it VeronicaDR, but to bad the the corruption is so big that have most of them blind by now.
Written by: Ricardolito, 14 Feb 2011 3:17 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
If there is one person with the government I would never heed much it is Vinicio and I think his remarks here are simply throwing balls into the air and seeing if one lands correctly . I have met so many italians here in the DR but they are mainly from the north and where is there any evidence that the italian mafia is buying up seaside property??? ..trying to muscle in on the Colombians and venezuelans in the drug trade ???
Yes I am sure there is probably dirty money from Italy and Russia being laundered here and I imagine there is dirty money also from the USA and from South America .
So maybe we could have just a little bit of evidence next time to support this suggestion ..
Written by: VeronicaDR, 14 Feb 2011 3:32 PM
From: United States
Ricardolito there is so much laundered money in our economy it is hard to not see it. The facts of what is going on is front on of our eyes. People with no visible means of income but have plenty of money and assets. Where did it all come from? No taxes were paid so this money was never claimed. It is quite obvious to some of us. Believe what you want to but in general Dominicans are being kept in the dark figuratively and literally!
Written by: Ricardolito, 14 Feb 2011 3:44 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
I see Veronica and you know which projects are being funded by dirty money from Russia and Italy ?? you know which projects are funded by money laundering ?? I imagine not and neither do I but I know suspicion is a large commodity here.
Written by: Chompiras, 14 Feb 2011 4:36 PM
From: United States, Ateo, Humanista Secular
At least the Italian/Russian mafia are not corrupt like the PRSC/PRD mafia.
Written by: BASTA, 14 Feb 2011 5:11 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Partidos ladrones dominicanp= Pld mafia big time
Written by: CarmenReyes, 14 Feb 2011 5:19 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Santiago
As soon as they befriend LF all will be well. Under LF the DR has become a haven for all sorts of low lifes. LF is a low life and he attracts the same. The mere fact that the govt is warning about this is insulting. The LF govt knows and what is going to happen? What about the police abuses every day? What about the arbitrary arrests? What about LF pardoning Sra Lebron the woman who masterminded the biggest bank scandal in DR? Where did she go? The money was never found? No surprise the Mafias are heading to DR. LF has put out a welcome mat for all the slime in the world.
Written by: Yucahu, 14 Feb 2011 5:35 PM
From: United States, Miami
Ay Veronica you need to show some facts, because throwing aspersions at these foreigners isn't fair to them. It's like saying all Haitians are black, come illegally into DR and are displacing Dominican workers, COME ON let's NOT generalize.
Written by: THINK, 14 Feb 2011 6:57 PM
From: United States, SDQ -- Mia --NY

DR is a paradise for mafias, not only for those local people including military, police, government officials, but also for those foreigners including Italians, Spanish, Canadians,Latin

Killing field is the life show in DR.....well, what about the Figuero's case? His co-workers in DR?...

Written by: Ricardolito, 14 Feb 2011 7:19 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
well Carmen your twin Veronica is also throwing around these generalisations but please tell me what arbitrary arrests are you referring to. . We all agree that the law and order processes in the DR are a major concern but what do you think the President should do ???.He will surely make some changes to the senior positions on 27 febrero or the day after but exactly what do you want when there is at present no one else to stand in his shoes
Written by: WalterPolo, 14 Feb 2011 7:38 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
I always thought that "palace" belonged to the UASD.

Stupid me.
Written by: juanb, 14 Feb 2011 7:42 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Hey Ricky:

Have you contacted anyone at the PLD to see if they will be willing to pay you for spreading your disinformation for them, if they come to power?
Written by: yumnuk3, 14 Feb 2011 7:47 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back ø„¸¨°º¤ø„¸¸„ø¤º°¨¸„ø¤º°¨

Where's the gabagool?
Written by: Ricardolito, 14 Feb 2011 8:08 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
juanb ..the normal silly attack on the writer ...but surely every Dominican knows that the President makes changes on independence day is traditional . We will also see what pardons he gives and will then be able to suggest the motives
Written by: BernardJeanPierre, 14 Feb 2011 8:29 PM
From: United States, Earth
The LAST thing the Dominican Republic needs is Russian and Italian Mobsters running around. They should be HIGHLY scrutinized before allowed to buy property because all they will do is set up shop and bring in MORE drugs and MORE crime. The Government needs to WAKE UP! Por Dios!
Written by: Tu_Papa, 15 Feb 2011 12:24 AM
From: United States, Yonkers, New Yorker... Confident Talker!!!

Carmen and Veronica are probably the same person or at least they share the same stupid thoughts.
Written by: Tu_Papa, 15 Feb 2011 12:40 AM
From: United States, Yonkers, New Yorker... Confident Talker!!!

Mafia's entering DR!!! I'm surprised it took this long. You people are so naïve, they're all around the world. Organized crime can't be stopped, it's a capitalistic way of thinking. Try stopping CAPITALISM. It made the U.S. what it is today. It's just another challenge for the Dominican government.
Written by: Tu_Papa, 15 Feb 2011 1:24 AM
From: United States, Yonkers, New Yorker... Confident Talker!!!

Yeah, some catch phrase!!! Are you trying to get laid Mr.Jean Pierre? Glad to see you have a fan Carmen. You can have them, Yo no se lo clavo a ninguna de esa dos, ni con el guevo tuyo BernardJeanPierre... LoL. Eso es SIDA seguro compadre!!!
Written by: kmnupe, 15 Feb 2011 2:58 AM
From: United States, NYC
Written by: CarmenReyes, 15 Feb 2011 8:06 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Santiago
Ricardolito, arbitrary arrests by the Police are common. They simply stop drivers and demand money. If no money, even when all things are in order, they arrest us. We go to the destacamento and then eventually are released. However, it is happening all the time. Come to Santiago and see for yourself.
Written by: Pepe32, 15 Feb 2011 10:57 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Russian and Italian mafias are a threat to our home grown mafias.... we cannot allow these foreign mafiosi to take work from hard working Dominican mafiosi...
Written by: El_Platano, 15 Feb 2011 12:41 PM
From: United States, Yonkers, NY
I wonder if there has been a comprable increase in vodka sales?
Written by: super_lover, 16 Feb 2011 12:43 AM
From: Haiti
They will do here exactly what they have done to other countries and islands in the Caribbean. They buy the beachfront properties and build hotels (almost always empty), build villas (very few sold), and open tons of small shops (almost never sell anything) and the local Dominicans will never be able to buy these properties ever again, unless they have one of those huge baseball contracts. The locals always lose out with these groups!
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