Local June 27, 2014 | 8:04 am

Dominican Republic questions Washington’s gut for narcotics war

Santo Domingo.- National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) president Julio Cesar Souffront on Thursday questioned Washington’s commitment to the Caribbean’s war on drug trafficking, citing lack of technological support and its airborne assets pulled out of the region.

"Sometimes we don’t understand what the United States’ anti-drug policy is" the official said, since the assets it had deployed in the region have been transferred to other areas.

He noted that among the assets that have been moved within "Sector 7" based in Puerto Rico figure intercept planes and airborne radar that provided information to the country’s law enforcement agencies.

Souffront said when the U.S. Southern Command raised the need to expand its operational capacity in South and Central America in 2010 it was evident that drug shipments would change course as it is now the case. "When what would be Operation Hammer was proposed, at that time we stated that the operation lacked the anvil."

Regional situation

U.S. Southern Command Chief general John Kelly and Admiral and U.S. Coast Guard commander Robert Papp last April complained to the U.S. Congress over the lack of resources assigned to fight drugs in the region.

They acknowledged a worsening situation in which hundreds of tons of drugs beyond their control managed to reach U.S. streets.

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