Local February 14, 2023 | 5:00 pm

Foreigner arrested with 21 packages presumably marijuana

The National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) and members of the Specialized Airport Security Corps seized 21 packages of marijuana inside two suitcases during an operation at Cibao Airport, Santiago, which was coordinated by members of the Public Ministry, when canine units detected strange substances in several pieces of luggage during an inspection of anti-narcotics agents and military in the terminal’s arrival area.

The authorities conducted a more thorough inspection and, in the presence of a prosecutor, opened the suitcases, discovering the 21 packages of the substance distributed. A 40-year-old American, who arrived at Santiago Airport on a commercial flight from New York, was arrested in connection with the case. The Public Ministry and the DNCD are investigating the case further, and the detainee will be brought to justice within the next few hours.

“The foreigner was also seized US$ 9,252 US dollars, 100 Dominican pesos, a cell phone, a scale, and personal documents, among other evidence”. Packages of the plant suspected of being marijuana are being sent to Santiago’s National Institute of Forensic Sciences (INACIF) for analysis.

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JD Jones
February 15, 2023 8:45 am

At El Salvador International Airport?

Dominican Today
February 15, 2023 9:11 am
Reply to  JD Jones

Thank you for your observation. The error has been corrected. We apologize.

Senor Hemp
February 15, 2023 11:14 pm

The government needs to wake up and smell the coffee! It is time to legalize marijuana and tax it. The government would make a fortune off the tourist as well as all the weed smokers in the DR. Legalization would also save the county a lot money which is currently wasted by putting weed smokers in prison,.