DNCD keeps working

The National Drug Control Department (DNCD) seized 3,779 kilos of drugs in 2008, with most of the drugs seized in the provinces of La Romana and Santo Domingo East. Between August and September alone the DNCD impounded 418 kilos and of the 3,779 kilos, 927 kilos were of cocaine. The DNCD has also seized 17,000 ecstasy pills, 362.3 kilos of marijuana and 3,649 marijuana plants. Though the DNCD has increased its vigilance and efforts to curb the increase in drug trafficking, weaknesses in the Dominican judicial system, corruption in political circles and suspected ties between drug rings and high-ranking figures in Dominican politics and the security forces have dealt a blow to the DNCD’s ongoing efforts.