Judge Iris Borgen Santana, of the Permanent Attention Services Office of this judicial district has ordered 18 months of preventive detention for 15 of 23 implicated in the Operation Falcon, an alleged network of money laundering and drug trafficking based in Santiago and operating in other parts of the country. Others were allowed house arrest or to post bail. The judge declared the case complex on Friday, 8 October 2021.
Those being sent to jail are suspended director of Comunidad Digna, Juan Maldonado Castro (Marcial and/or El Líder), María Olimpia Tavárez Rodríguez (Oli and/or La Princesa), Julio César Jiménez Talavera (Dominican-Venezuelan), Erich Fernando Meléndez Gómez, Víctor Elpidio Altagracia Paulino Herrera (El Gordo), and Adolfo Antonio Torres Sanabia (Tony and/or Presidente).
Also, Luis Daniel Nieves Batista, José Alejandro de la Cruz Morales (Omar La Moña), Yana Iris Maldonado Castro, Lenin Bladimir Torres Bueno, Marisol López Ceballos, Delfina Asunción Polanco, José Miguel Castillo Taveras (Migue), Felipe Espino Germán and Elva Teresa Polanco.
The accused will be held at the Rafey-Hombres Correction and Rehabilitation Center in Santiago and at La Isleta in Moca, El Pinito in La Vega, Vista del Valle in San Francisco de Macorís, among other prisons in the northern region of the country.
House arrest was ordered for Amadeo Garibaldi Read Ruiz, Javier Antonio Tavárez, known as José Checo, Angélica Maldonado, Ana Margarita Collado, Andrés Guzmán Collado and Juan Carlos Durán. Periodic presentation and an economic guarantee of RD$15 million was imposed on Juan Bautista Carpio Reynoso and the guarantee of RD$5 million on Raul Antonio Castro Mota.
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11 October 2021