Man accused of trafficking Dominicans appears on Immigration payroll: UPDATE
Santo Domingo.– One of those accused of being part of the network that organized the trip of three Dominicans who died in Chiapas, Mexico, appears on the Immigration (DGM) payroll.
According to the institution’s report, Román Alberto Casalinovo Trinidad, aka “El Guardia,” was a temporary immigration inspector in La Romana. Casalinovo Trinidad only appears on the payroll for July this year.
“I don’t know what I’m doing here. I don’t understand what I’m doing here,” Casalinovo Trinidad told the press on Thursday. He also added that he is a lawyer and is an entrepreneur who buys and sells vehicles.
In addition to Casalinovo Trinidad, Guillermo Guzmán Marcano, Leonel Antonio Méndez Arias (El Duro), Santo Francisco Vizcaíno Guerrero and Jesús Antonio Martínez Díaz, also accused of being part of the network, were arrested during simultaneous operations in Baní, Peravia province, and San Pedro de Macorís.
Prosecutor Milcíades Guzmán revealed that the investigation has been open for over a year and assured that they have recordings of telephone conversations that prove the accusations. The Public Ministry requested 18 months of preventive detention as a measure of coercion and that the case be declared complex.
At least 16 Dominicans were inside the truck that irregularly transported 160 migrants through Mexico to the United States. The vehicle crashed on a sharp curve on the Tuxtla Gutiérrez-Chiapa de Corzo highway. The tragedy left 56 dead and dozens were injured. Among the deceased there are six Dominicans so far.