Local May 4, 2012 | 12:34 pm

Puerto Rico agents seize 150 packages of cocaine sent from Samaná

Santo Domingo.- Puerto Rico federal agents seized 150 packages of cocaine early Friday shortly after offloading at the coast in El Dorado township sent from Samaná by an ring of alleged Dominican traffickers.

The DNCD said the ring was headed by ex convict Sotero Batista Payano, who was arrested once arriving at Luis Muñoz Marin Airport on information it provided to the Fast Action Force and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

It said three people were arrested in the operation in addition to Batista. “The DNCD coordinated the case with the DEA to seize the drug the same as in other cases in the last few months, which are part the joint work by the agencies to fight international drug trafficking.”

The DNCD said the detainees are linked bound to the suspects in the case of 46 kilos and RD$2.7 million seized in a pickup truck torched on the Eastern Highway last month, adding that Batista flew to Puerto Rico aboard American Eagle flight AE-4823.

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