Local December 28, 2011 | 6:05 am

Drug control agency fires 208 agents

Santo Domingo. – A total of 208 agents have been expelledfrom the main anti-narcotics agency in the Dominican Republic for alleged linkswith drug trafficking, according to its head, Major General Rolando Rosado Mateo.

The president of the National Drug Control Department(DNCD) revealed that he would be recommending their expulsion from theinstitution and that they would be removed from their respective military andpolice posts.

He did not, however, reveal thenames or ranks of those affected.

Rosado Mateo declared that the DNCD would not allow “a small group” of badmembers to harm its task of combating drug trafficking in all its forms.

He said that the number of those expelled was not high in relative termsand that the Armed Forces, the National Police and the DNCD are currently the“purest” institutions in the fight against drug trafficking.

“Drug trafficking permeates all that it touches, our responsibility in thebroad sense is to pursue those who are in the industry, the trade, withinourselves”, stated the anti-narcotic chief.

He said that now more than ever all the institutions are working together toreduce the quantity of drugs entering and leaving the country.

“If you go to the Punta Cana airport, you will see that a year ago the airportdid not have a camera system and now it is completely covered”, he added.

Over the last few weeks the authorities have imprisoned several members of thearmed forces and the national police, accused of trafficking in illegalsubstances.