Santo Domingo.- Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) spokesman Ramon Rodriguez last night told newspaper Listin that a powerful the drug cartel in the Cibao region with links to Colombia and Mexico had been dismantled, with seven people arrested, three of those as recent as yesterday.
He said the DEA and the DNCD worked together in the arrest of Silvio Peña and Nadim Bezi, nephew of Samana (northeast) mayor Miguel Bezi, as ringleaders of the ring known as the Cibao Cartel. “The investigation in that case continues. There are three new detainees and the last of them will be arraigned today.”
Rodriguez, speaking by telephone, said investigators uncovered the links to cartels in Mexico and Colombia, and noted that they seek to establish if the Cibao Cartel’s operations are similar to those of the Puerto Rican kingpin Jose Figueroa Agosto.
The official said the three arrests are linked to the case of 187 packages of drugs seized last week, when agents of the DNCD, and members of the Navy and the Air Force seized 157 packages of cocaine aboard a boat docked in the Port of Samaná. The information doesn’t explain the difference of 30 packages.
Rodriguez, who called the bust a major blow to international drug trafficking, said the drug had been seized on the boat “Capricho”, registry FL-551DP, in packages within three different suitcases.
He added that the possible links are detected through external calls, intercommunications and the profiles of those involved, such as prior records.