US donates Cessna for drug combatting operations to Ministry of Defense

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The Ministry of Defense has a brand new Cessna to fight drug trafficking in the Dominican Republic. Past governments had purchased Brazilian-made Super Tucano aircraft for these operations. The DNCD press release on the donation did not detail the type of Cessna delivered last week by the US government.

The Government of the United States, through its Department of Defense, donated the aircraft valued at more than US$8 million to the Ministry of Defense of the Dominican Republic, “in support of the shared fight against illicit narcotics trafficking by transnational criminal organizations”. The aircraft is donated also to support of the country’s efforts to provide humanitarian assistance in cases of disasters.

The press release explained that the donation of this Cessna model aircraft responds to the success that the Dominican Republic has had in the fight against drug...

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Wow, a Cessna valued at 8 million US, that is a Citation jet. The DR currently is using those Super Tucanos for enforcement. Nice upgrade!
The Super T's are light attack aircraft.................nothing like the Cessna Grand Caravan pictured in the OP.

The Caravan has at its utility more passenger and/or cargo space. Lots of these in use in Africa and other places as small commuter aircraft for areas without hard surface runways.

I am not sure how they arrived at the 8 million dollar figure, even with pilot training and advance detection equipment allowances you would be hard pressed to get above 4-4.5 million.


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I am not sure how they arrived at the 8 million dollar figure, even with pilot training and advance detection equipment allowances you would be hard pressed to get above 4-4.5 million.


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With a 2,000 mile range and 400+ knot SOG, it's a great asset. Planes only ID targets for surface interdiction.
Indeed. And that won't matter at all in the scheme of things. A few busts here and there.
Puff pieces for the papers perhaps on a weekly basis.

There is no shortage of 'product' that will result.
 

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Indeed. And that won't matter at all in the scheme of things. A few busts here and there.
Puff pieces for the papers perhaps on a weekly basis.

There is no shortage of 'product' that will result.

They are catching 1000+ lbs. shipments almost on a daily basis these days. The drug lords must be getting upset so much of their product is getting nabbed.
 

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the cessna will be a great tool...for some people in this country, they can go flying and looking for themselves..........
 

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They are catching 1000+ lbs. shipments almost on a daily basis these days. The drug lords must be getting upset so much of their product is getting nabbed.
And there is no shortage of product. Unlikely there every will be. The drug lords aren't becoming poor.
 

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I often wonder what happens to the folks who are caught with the large shipments. Not from a legal standpoint; but how they are dealt with by the drug lords.
 

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I often wonder what happens to the folks who are caught with the large shipments. Not from a legal standpoint; but how they are dealt with by the drug lords.
Replaced by the next line at a minimum. There will never be a shortage of those willing to risk that reward.
 

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I doubt 8 million for plane alone, detection electronics inside which they won’t talk about..
 

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