HomeNewsBriefUS Deports Over 500 Dominicans on Drug Charges in 2013
BRIEF

US Deports Over 500 Dominicans on Drug Charges in 2013

CARIBBEAN / 22 MAY 2013 BY ELYSSA PACHICO EN

During the first five months of 2013, the US has deported 511 Dominican nationals on drug charges, a significant increase from the same time period last year and evidence of the Obama administration's aggressive immigration policy.

El Nacional reported that the 2013 figure is a 53 percent increase on the number of Dominicans who were deported on drug charges during the same time period in 2012. 

That year saw a total of 3,240 Dominicans deported on drug charges between January and December, of over 5,000 deportees in all

So far in 2013, a total of 826 people have been deported from the US back to the Dominican Republic. Asides from drug charges, the second-most common reason for deportation was minor crimes, including traffic law violations and other issues related to immigration status. 

Other deportees were charged with fraud and falsification of documents (48 people), assault and robbery (39 people), sexual violence (21 people), and kidnapping (11 people). 

InSight Crime Analysis

It is possible that the number of Dominican nationals who faced drug charges in the US and were then deported is partly a reflection of the Dominican Republic's increased importance in the international drug trade. The country seized a record amount of cocaine in 2012, indication of how international drug trafficking organizations continue to use the Dominican Republic as a key transit nation when moving drug shipments northwards.

Some drug trafficking networks may be reliant on Dominican contacts in the US to act as local dealers and distributors. Yet it is also unlikely that many of those deported from the US were charged with serious drug trafficking crimes, or were key figures in the drug trade. 

The number of Dominican nationals deported from the US so far this year is partly a reflection of the Obama administration's immigration policy, which saw a record 1.5 million people deported during his first term

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

CARIBBEAN / 31 OCT 2012

The Dominican Republic has arrested seven Czech suspected gang members, illustrating the Caribbean country's growing importance as a hub for…

CARIBBEAN / 10 NOV 2014

The Trinidad & Tobago government plans to deport large numbers of undocumented migrants, whom they blame for violent crime and…

CARIBBEAN / 26 MAY 2011

The Dominican Republic is tightening controls on fuel sales in a bid to reduce the number of drug flights that…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…