HomeNewsBrief'Police Involved in 90% of Dominican Republic Organized Crime Cases'
BRIEF

'Police Involved in 90% of Dominican Republic Organized Crime Cases'

CARIBBEAN / 20 MAR 2015 BY LOREN RIESENFELD EN

A top-level prosecutor in the Dominican Republic said the military and police are involved in 90 percent of organized crime cases, putting a hard number to official involvement in criminal activity after years of high-level corruption scandals.

Yeni Berenice Reynoso, the chief prosecutor for the district where capital city Santo Domingo is located, claims the military and police are usually involved in high-level drug trafficking, contract killings, and organized crime, El Diario reported.

Her allegation comes a day after the National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) seized 450 kilograms of an unidentified white powder -- presumably cocaine or heroin -- from an inbound flight from Venezuela at the International Airport of the Americas, according to news website Noticia al Dia. Four members of the military were arrested in the bust, including a captain and a second lieutenant.

On Twitter, Berenice said that 3,000 members of the national police were discharged due to misconduct between June 2013 and March 2014:

On March 12, the same prosecutor announced an investigation into 25 police and members of the military for involvement in a bank scam.

InSight Crime Ananysis

Although there is no indication of how Berenice calculated her 90 percent statistic, her statement is certainly backed up by many past cases of military and police involvement in criminal activity. In January, the head of the Dominican Republic anti-narcotics police (the DICAN) and several junior officers were indicted for stealing 1.2 tons of cocaine, leading to concerns that the anti-drug agency was actually operating like a drug-running organization in its own right.

There have also been recent allegations by a major drug trafficker -- also a former army captain --that he funded two political campaigns of ex-President Leonel Fernandez -- and was owed $4.5 million dollars.

SEE ALSO: Coverage of the Dominican Republic

Berenice’s claim that military and police participate in contract killings is also corroborated by the Attorney General, who said in a June 2014 interview that most of country’s police are involved in drug-related murders. A 2012 report from Amnesty International stated that police commit 15 percent of all homicides in the Dominican Republic, and often report extrajudicial killings as “exchanges of fire” with suspects.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

COLOMBIA / 13 MAY 2016

Colombia's National Police has carried out the biggest purge of its ranks in over 20 years, but it will have…

HONDURAS / 19 NOV 2015

A new report on mismanagement and lack of transparency within Honduras' security apparatus highlights the threat of corruption coming…

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC / 16 JAN 2015

An admitted drug trafficker in the Dominican Republic claimed several police agencies charged her a fee to sell drugs, an…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela El Dorado Investigation Makes Headlines

3 DEC 2021

InSight Crime's investigation into the trafficking of illegal gold in Venezuela's Amazon region generated impact on both social media and in the press. Besides being republished and mentioned by several…

THE ORGANIZATION

Gender and Investigative Techniques Focus of Workshops

26 NOV 2021

On November 23-24, InSight Crime conducted a workshop called “How to Cover Organized Crime: Investigation Techniques and A Focus on Gender.” The session convened reporters and investigators from a dozen…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Names Two New Board Members

19 NOV 2021

In recent weeks, InSight Crime added two new members to its board. Joy Olson is the former executive director of the Washington Office on Latin America…

THE ORGANIZATION

Senate Commission in Paraguay Cites InSight Crime

12 NOV 2021

InSight Crime’s reporting and investigations often reach the desks of diplomats, security officials and politicians. The latest example occurred in late October during a commission of Paraguay's Senate that tackled…

THE ORGANIZATION

Backing Investigative Journalism Around the Globe

5 NOV 2021

InSight Crime was a proud supporter of this year's Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which took place November 1 through November 5 and convened nearly 2,000 journalists…