Local August 3, 2012 | 8:00 am

U.S. DEA chief meets with top Dominican Republic law enforcers

Santo Domingo.- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) director Michele Leonhart arrived in the country Thursday afternoon, invited by law enforcement agencies, and immediately met with senior military, Police and antinarcotics officers, to review the work and the accomplishments in the interdiction of drug shipments.

Leonhart, who’ll be honored at the National Palace by president Leonel Fernandez today, arrived at the National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) headquarters at 7pm and met with Armed Forces minister Joaquin Virgilio Feliz, DNCD president Rolando Rosado and the Police chief Jose Polanco, among other senior officers.

In DNCD a statement Rosado said Leonhart was invited to be recognized for the State Department’s contributions to the elimination of drug laden flights in 2011 and thus far this year, “in this manner preventing the entry of 90,000 kilos of cocaine from South America into the country,” including the “maritime barrier.”

“In a decisive manner she contributed to dismantle the main narcotrafficking networks which operated in Dominican territory for decades, among them those of José Figueroa Agosto, Ramón del Rosario Puente (Toño Leña), Yubel Méndez (Oreganito),Ernesto Guevara Díaz (Maconi), and other narco-traffikers extradited to the United States and Puerto Rico.”

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