Local February 21, 2014 | 7:43 am

Dominican Republic Police Precinct protected a drug dealer

Santo Domingo.- Cristian Pozo (El Matatan), a notorious alleged head of a ring of drug pushers in San Cristobal (south) paid RD$6.0 million for protection each month to the Police Precinct, Justice minister Francisco Domínguez revealed Thursday .

He said an investigation seeks to determine if all agents in San Cristobal were getting money from "Matatan," arrested by the National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD).

"We’re investigating to determine if San Cristobal’s entire staff is associated with Matatan," Dominguez said, and affirmed that drug pushers are directly behind most of Dominican Republic’s crimes.

The official, speaking during the opening of Justice Ministry community office in the Invivienda sector, Santo Domingo East, said it’s shameful that police agents, “who are supposed to fight crime, become their allies.”

He said Matatan pushed cocaine and other drugs, and the authorities confiscated two pickup trucks, two shotguns, a revolver, several cell phones, among other evidence.

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