Luis Abinader: The DR Will Not Welcome Members of International Mafias

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In yesterday's Hoy newspaper, the cover included citing President Luis Abinader regarding drug trafficking and international mafia/gang members.

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Translation: "We don't want criminals here and we will not welcome them. I want to leave this country free of those elements with ties to international mafias."
 

Ecoman1949

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Interesting, four posts in a row, all expats or visitors, that have nothing positive to say about what the President of the DR has to say. They have passed judgments and that's final. Carry on.
The increase in the drug problem in the DR happened before Abinader became President. He is now stuck with a legacy that has permeated DR life at many levels. He’s stated his position on the matter and that’s great but, there is a significant difference between not wanting a problem and dealing with the reality of having it.

The latest incident where one of his party deputies was indicted for massive drug money laundering is politically embarrassing for him. If he deals harshly with the lady in question, he can set a good tone for his current administration and deal with the problem further if he gets re-elected.

He’s announced he’s running again and his statement on drugs is not a surprise at this point. He ran on a platform of anti corruption and his actions since taking power confirm he is serious about corruption. He faces a monumental task reducing illegal drug activity. It will never be eliminated. The best he can hope for is to clean up his party image and eliminate the drug cartel‘s influence within his party. The availability of drugs on the streets will always be a problem as it is in many countries with more enforcement resources than the DR.

It would be interesting to find out how much the underground illegal drug activity adds to the DR economy. Look around at the recent increase of sales in high end villas and expensive vehicles. Hundreds of millions of dollars floating unchecked through the DR economy, some laundered into respectable businesses and then forgotten. We know drug enforcement is a losing cause. Only a small percentage is seized. My guess is, a total effective crackdown on illegal DR drug activity would have a noticeable effect on the economy.

Drug cartel leaders are not shy about eliminating impediments to their business. The President would be subjecting himself, party members, family, and friends to risk if he made a serious effort to take on the drug lords.
 

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The increase in the drug problem in the DR happened before Abinader became President. He is now stuck with a legacy that has permeated DR life at many levels. He’s stated his position on the matter and that’s great but, there is a significant difference between not wanting a problem and dealing with the reality of having it.

The latest incident where one of his party deputies was indicted for massive drug money laundering is politically embarrassing for him. If he deals harshly with the lady in question, he can set a good tone for his current administration and deal with the problem further if he gets re-elected.

He’s announced he’s running again and his statement on drugs is not a surprise at this point. He ran on a platform of anti corruption and his actions since taking power confirm he is serious about corruption. He faces a monumental task reducing illegal drug activity. It will never be eliminated. The best he can hope for is to clean up his party image and eliminate the drug cartel‘s influence within his party. The availability of drugs on the streets will always be a problem as it is in many countries with more enforcement resources than the DR.

It would be interesting to find out how much the underground illegal drug activity adds to the DR economy. Look around at the recent increase of sales in high end villas and expensive vehicles. Hundreds of millions of dollars floating unchecked through the DR economy, some laundered into respectable businesses and then forgotten. We know drug enforcement is a losing cause. Only a small percentage is seized. My guess is, a total effective crackdown on illegal DR drug activity would have a noticeable effect on the economy.

Drug cartel leaders are not shy about eliminating impediments to their business. The President would be subjecting himself, party members, family, and friends to risk if he made a serious effort to take on the drug lords.
'drug enforcement is a losing cause." Someone should let the 10s of thousands of traffickers in U.S prisons that are serving long prison sentences know this.
 
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interesting posts. However, the vast majority of citizens here that have attained wealth and success have done so through legitimate means. Businesses of various types, agriculture, pharma, doctors, banking. trade lawyers' real estate etc. An expensive vehicle does not mean a drug lord. It may belong to a hotel manager, restaurant manager, truck owner/driver small business owner (the salon owner at Bella Vista owns several)
 

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'drug enforcement is a losing cause." Someone should let the 10s of thousands of traffickers in U.S prisons that are serving long prison sentences know this.
Still a losing cause, regardless of how many traffickers are out in prison. If you doubt it, check out the increasing number of US deaths due to street drugs laced with other more potent drugs. Illegal drugs are easily accessible anywhere in the US. The US has a major illegal drug death epidemic on it hands with no end in sight.

The DEA admits they only stop a small percentage of the drugs entering the US illegally but they have to push on because of public perception. Justice has to be seen to be done. A few US States have taken a different approach. They legalized weed, opened approved drug injection sites, and offer easily accessible free anti drug addiction programs. Not a totally effective approach but it is partially effective. A reduction in poverty would also help reduce illegal drug usage but that won’t happen.

Regarding your post, one of the interesting side effects of the US war on drugs is, the US now ranks with China and Russia as one of the countries in the world with the highest incarceration rates.
 

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Still a losing cause, regardless of how many traffickers are out in prison. If you doubt it, check out the increasing number of US deaths due to street drugs laced with other more potent drugs. Illegal drugs are easily accessible anywhere in the US. The US has a major illegal drug death epidemic on it hands with no end in sight.

The DEA admits they only stop a small percentage of the drugs entering the US illegally but they have to push on because of public perception. Justice has to be seen to be done. A few US States have taken a different approach. They legalized weed, opened approved drug injection sites, and offer easily accessible free anti drug addiction programs. Not a totally effective approach but it is partially effective. A reduction in poverty would also help reduce illegal drug usage but that won’t happen.

Regarding your post, one of the interesting side effects of the US war on drugs is, the US now ranks with China and Russia as one of the countries in the world with the highest incarceration rates.
its a losing cause for the losers who embrace the industry and don't mind being a doormat. Why not legalize drunk driving? Because it hurts and injuries people here.
 

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its a losing cause for the losers who embrace the industry and don't mind being a doormat. Why not legalize drunk driving? Because it hurts and injuries people here.
You’re obviously not aware of the significant tax revenue generated in some States and Canada by legalizing weed. I’m surprised the DR government hasn’t legalized weed and reaped the tax revenue benefits.
 
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Interesting, four posts in a row, all expats or visitors, that have nothing positive to say about what the President of the DR has to say. They have passed judgments and that's final. Carry on.
Between 2011 and 2013, the quantity of this drug passing through Dominican Republic hands soared 800%. And I suspect since 2013 it has grown another 800%

 
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Tranq - (Xylazine), the horse tranquilizer, that cause skin necropsy (huge skin ulcers) is proliferating for almost all locales where intravenous drugs are used.

I saw it first appear in Puerto Rico when i lived there 9 years ago.

I haven't seen much evidence of it here on the North Coast but I am sure somewhere in DR there must be these Tranq-Zombies on the streets with skin necrosis.
Let's hope that does not spread
 

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Between 2011 and 2013, the quantity of this drug passing through Dominican Republic hands soared 800%. And I suspect since 2013 it has grown another 800%

Thanks Chico. It proves how much illegal drugs have increased and the task the President has ahead of him.