2004News

Fernandez reaffirms stance on drugs

President Leonel Fernandez reiterated his hard line on drug-related cases yesterday. As he presided over the proceedings at the inauguration of the new radar equipment at the Punta Cana airport, Fernandez reminded his audience that in his administration there would be no “sacred cows” in cases involving drugs. He pointed out that in his inaugural speech he had said, “The country will be shaken up and the rotten fruit will fall.” Fernandez said that the recent case involving police and army officers and other enlisted personnel was just the first sign of his “zero tolerance” policy on drugs. He indicated that, for the first time, there is a local market for drugs that has emerged as the result of subtle changes in the distribution methods that use the Dominican Republic as a jumping off point.