Local May 30, 2012 | 10:46 am

Drug trafficking derails harsher penalties, top official says

Santo Domingo.- National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) president Rolando Rosado doesn’t discard that sectors linked to drug trafficking are behind the effort to prevent amending the Penal Procedural Code to establish harsher penalties against narcotics traffickers.

He called the Code an obstacle which the authorities must deal with in the war on drugs and said there’re people whom at first backed the proposed amendment but today reject it.

Rosado spoke after a Wednesday morning mass to mark the DNCD’s 24th anniversary, accompanied by representatives of the Armed Forces, the National Police and the U.S. Drugs enforcement Administration, DEA, and other law enforcement agencies.

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