An El Seibo judge ordered one year pre-trial custody to Venezuelan Carlos Jose Gascón González (El Goncho) accused of the murder of two Dutchmen, 34-year old Rachid Benbouker and 36-year old Cuma Ceviz, whose corpses were found in a ditch in a sugar cane field in Mata de Palma, El Seibo.
Gascón was arrested on 29 December in an operation by Criminal Investigations Division of the Police (Dicrim). Local authorities say he directed a branch of a criminal structure that operates in the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. He is tied to the Cartel del Malecón (for the related money-laundering at a Santo Domingo Malecon casino) and Venezuelan Joel Palmar who was arrested in Colombia on 11 December 2017.
Another arrested with ties to this same cartel is Englishman Joseph Murphy in Colombia. Also Spanish citizen Eric Padron who is in pre-trial custody at the Anamuya jail in La Altagracia province since 3 July 2017.
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4 January 2018