Local June 29, 2022 | 7:12 am

Dominican Republic among Caribbean’s top cocaine routes

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic is identified by the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as one of the main Caribbean countries for the transit of cocaine shipments.

The UNODC map, in the annexes of its World Drug Report 2022, shows that the Dominican Republic stands out above Haiti and Jamaica, but is equal to other countries such as Venezuela, Panama, and Costa Rica.
The route explained is that most of the cocaine shipments that pass through the Dominican Republic have as their point of origin the Andean states closest to the coast of the Caribbean Sea. Another smaller portion comes from countries further south in the Americas. A part of the cocaine that passes through the Dominican Republic has North America as its final destination, specifically, the United States, and also Europe.

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Paul Tierney
June 29, 2022 8:52 am

The RD is at a prime geographic location, a catalyst for drug trafficking. On top of this, its governments have never been truly tough on the trafficking because it is/was alleged some of its officials and police agencies are/were enablers of the illegal activities…. for their own profit. It is a sancocho with a mouthwatering taste that draws in the traffickers to make use the facilities.

It appears the present leadership of the country is making some strides against trafficking. However, it is like swimming against the tide, very little progress forward while consuming a lot of valuable energy.

Alberto martinez
June 29, 2022 11:12 am
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How about America check up their citizens and ask themself how do they sniff tons and tons of cocaine yearly

Paul Tierney
June 29, 2022 2:39 pm

We all know without the demand for drugs from North America and Europe there would be little or no drug trafficking. The article is about the RD’s place in the transit of drugs because of this demand.

Felix Arroyo
June 29, 2022 10:37 pm

The new democracy, the one that was born in 1978, has been very corrupted and it profits from contraband and trafficking. Because of that democracy, DR imports, exports, manufacture and consumes it. Even the tourists get a piece of that action. The Armed forces have their hands in that scheme. Enjoy your democracy. Things were not like this in the 1950’s where Cuba was infested with drugs and not DR!