A lot of things about the DR is like that and the reason is how different it’s between social classes, between a rough neighborhood vs a nicer one, between tourists areas and small towns, even within campos and even entire regions.
Crime is higher in the DR than in much of the USA/Canada and even Europe, but it’s true that still the fear of crime is greater than the actual crime itself.
With thar said, there is that and then there is denial. That’s what Big is doing regarding the use of the dust for committing mostly robbery. This is certainly happening in the DR and there is simply no way to rationalize to the contrary. For example, it’s known that heroin tends to make their users completely incapable of doing anything while high. Look at the following video if a street in Philadelphia where drug users of this and other drugs waste their time.
Btw, many areas of the DR can be messed up, but nowhere even in the roughest neighborhoods will you see anything remotely resembling this.
It goes without saying that anyone in that state can be robbed in person. Why don’t the military inject enemies with those drugs while in war? Why not blow cocaine to a group of enemies, knowing well if they get high from it, it will be easier to capture them, even kill them if need be?