Criminal Crossroads: Drugs, Ports, and Corruption in the Dominican Republic

COCAINE / 7 SEP 2022

The Dominican Republic prides itself on its openness to the world. As one of the first countries to open up during the COVID-19 pandemic, it seeks to be ever welcoming to tourism and business.

But criminals may feel welcome as well.

In this three-part series, InSight Crime dives into the infrastructure, the trafficking networks, and the corruption facilitating organized crime in the Dominican Republic.

Chapter 1

The Dominican Republic – The Caribbean’s Cocaine Hub 

COCAINE / 7 SEP 2022

The port of Caucedo, the Dominican Republic's main maritime entry point, is trying to fight back against a wave of cocaine.

Chapter 2

César Peralta, the Best Middleman in the Dominican Republic's Cocaine Trade

COCAINE / 7 SEP 2022

César Peralta, alias "El Abusador," became the most powerful and well-connected drug trafficker in the Dominican Republic.

Chapter 3

The Dominican Republic's Uphill Battle to Root Out Corruption

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC / 7 SEP 2022

President Luis Abinader has vowed to root out corruption in the Dominican Republic. But this is much easier said than done.

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