The National Drug Control Agency (DNCD) announced on Tuesday, 2 January 2018, the seizing of 1,502 packages of what is suspect to be cocaine inside the hull of a cargo ship in an operation on Sunday, 31 December 2017. The DNCD reported that its agents acted in coordination with the Dominican Armada and the Public Ministry and foreign allies.
The DNCD boarded a ship with a suspicious profile that had been intercepted by the Dutch navy and US Coast Guard in international waters and was escorted to the Port of Santo Domingo for inspection. After 48 hours of intense search, DNCD and Public Ministry Officers found more than 1,500 packages of a white substance in the interior of the ship.
The 12-person crew was arrested, including Colombians, Venezuelans, Cubans, Nicaraguans, Hondurans and Dominicans for violation of Drug Law 50-88. The substance is to be sent to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences for analysis. The DNCD said if confirmed, this would be the most important confiscation of drugs in 2017.
As reported, the drugs were inside the Kaluba tanker that transported diesel from Aruba to Puerto Plata.
3 January 2018