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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.

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14 comment(s)
Written by: riosm, 14 Apr 2011 8:40 AM
From: United States
WOW ! No about splintered in many small cartels minus the mass killings.....yet ! .
Written by: Yucahu, 14 Apr 2011 8:40 AM
From: United States, Miami
It's friggin island, this thing will get quashed so quickly. What a joke.
Written by: Lopez31, 14 Apr 2011 9:27 AM
From: United States
No Cartel will thrive in the DR! This type of non-sense will get curtail right away.
Written by: snoopyy3k, 14 Apr 2011 10:09 AM
From: United States
Cartel.....sounds more like a free for all.
Written by: THINK, 14 Apr 2011 11:52 AM
From: United States, SDQ -- Mia --NY

It is almost about the time to have DR's own drug ring, and the members are:

1. chief advisor: L-F
2. advisors in different locations: high ranking government officials with the assistants of military, police, customs, airline company personnels.
3. sales: local gansters with the much more advanced criminal minds personnel from the US deported criminals.
4. joint venture : with Colombia, Mexico, Venezula drug cartel
5. Target customers: local, Puerto Rico, the US and Europe
6. way to advance the business: killing opposition parties by bribing government personnels

Easy money, easy go,
Forget about the moral, forget about the consciousness, that are trash for us.
Written by: WalterPolo, 14 Apr 2011 12:11 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
It's now official..

But it's been a known fact for years!

Does anybody think all the shnitt that moves around is from a stand alone operation?
Written by: Caramia, 14 Apr 2011 12:14 PM
From: United States, New York
I'm with you WalterPolo! DR isn't JUST realizing that, they're just getting busted.
Written by: watcher48, 14 Apr 2011 1:03 PM
From: United States, Omnipresence
wow....all that money. i'm so broke I couldn't SPEND a night.....
Written by: gmiller261, 14 Apr 2011 1:45 PM
From: United States

"nephew of Samana (northeast) mayor Miguel Bezi"

The best of inbred entitlement mentality, his father should be so proud of him. And himself for doing such a putrid job of raising him.

Hopefully they are extradited to the US where they will really go to jail and do hard time.

Written by: riosm, 14 Apr 2011 2:58 PM
From: United States

I second that....
Written by: Trujillo, 15 Apr 2011 12:20 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Squash them now or you'll get another Mexico. Screw what the morons in the UN or any "human rights" organization say. Just do what has to be done before it's too late.
Written by: JD_Dominguez, 15 Apr 2011 8:35 AM
From: United States, Reality Check
A powerful drug cartel in Cibao? Wow, who a thought it to be so?

You know, after almost a decade to figure this out.... you guys are geniuses!
Written by: ElChico, 15 Apr 2011 12:19 PM
From: United States
I wouldn't really call it a cartel. DR is still sort of a middleman in the drug world. Albeit the role of middleman has expanded. Mexico is the cartel these days and Colombia has a different role now from the Escobar/Los Pepe days...
Written by: VeronicaDR, 15 Apr 2011 3:04 PM
From: United States
Hopefully these people get sent someplace with a real justice system and all are put in jail for a long time.
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