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Santo Domingo.- National Drug Control Agency president Rolando Rosado on Tuesday announced that Dominican Republic will operate a radar plane to detect drug-laden boats in one month.

He said in the next few days a maritime radar will be installed in a Falcon 50 plane seized by the DNCD in Punta Cana, where several senior officers were arrested and 700 kilos of cocaine seized. "With this aircraft we’re going erect a barrier in front of the island and that plane will be looking for drug speedboats morning, noon and night."

He said it’s technology that in Central and South America only Venezuela and Honduras have. "The Falcon aircraft was seized in the last case at Punta Cana, has a cost of 10 million dollars, and the country can not afford to buy that plane, so for that reason we borrowed it from drug traffickers."


In another development, the DCND seized 39 packages of cocaine and apprehended three individuals, including a Russian-born Canadian citizen.

Eduardo Feliciano Salas, Yoelki Antonio Tejeda and Arkadi Poliakeviich were charged with forming part of a drug trafficking ring based in Punta Cana and Bavaro, where they allegedly received drug shipments from South America.

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Written by: josean This user is banned, 1 May 2013 7:46 AM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

How about Satellites and Drones for the War on PURPLE Corrupption!

Written by: zooma, 1 May 2013 8:47 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

As long as gov't authorites are complicit with drug trafficking this plane will not make a dent in hampering the activity.

Written by: Atabey, 1 May 2013 9:36 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

Navy to Combat Drug Smuggling With Balloon on Really Long String

By Jason Bittel

| April 30, 2013

As evidence, their newest weapon to combat drug smuggling in the Caribbean is a balloon on a really long string.

OK, the balloon is actually the Aerostar TIF-25K—a helium-filled surveillance device equipped with cameras and sensors. The Aerostar can fly at altitudes of up to 2,000 feet and is tethered to a Navy ship below. Though it’s a rather frill-less technology that’s been around for decades, the blimp boosts each ship’s radar range to 50 miles from five miles. It can even ID vessels up to 15 miles away. Once the Aerostar detects something fishy, the Navy can then launch an unmanned aircraft system named Puma AE to get a closer look.

The Puma is no Predator. Its wingspan is just 9 feet, and it’s launched by hand, but it too is packed with goodies like electro-optical and infrared cameras.
Written by: Atabey, 1 May 2013 9:37 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

The basic premise is that the combination of the Aerostar and the Puma will allow the Navy to gather intelligence about potential drug smugglers without leaving the ship. This is a huge boon as every time we send boarding crews out on false alarms we’re wasting time and resources that could be spent on the real bad guys.

According to the Associated Press, nobody’s saying exactly what the Aerostar/Puma tag team costs or how much it will save the American taxpayers, just that “each can be run at a fraction of the cost of the fixed-wing planes or helicopters usually dispatched to check out suspected smugglers.” These nonspecifics were given last week when the Navy invited select media aboard the High Speed Vessel Swift for a demonstration. (The AP notes that on its first landing attempt, the Puma missed the 321-foot deck and plopped into the ocean, which must have been sort of awkward. At least it’s waterproof.)

Written by: ZonaDominicana, 3 May 2013 2:31 AM
From: United States, Orange County, California
Drugs in Punta Cana is no good. Look what is happening in Mexico's tourist areas. The narco took over and people are very afraid of visiting those places. If we lose Punta Cana to narcos, the DR will lose a lot of money.
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