A prosecutor in the Dominican Republic is the target of death threats for taking on organized crime as reported by Dominican Today: "La Romana province prosecutor José Polanco Ramírez said Monday drug traffickers and killers-for-hire plan attempts on his life and those of his family, for which he was assigned more bodyguards."
Dominican drug trafficking organizations -- both in the Dominican Republic and in North America -- increasingly have been appearing on law enforcement's radar screen for their involvement as distributors for the Mexican drug cartels.
Last May the feds busted 11 suspects in Providence, RI for their alleged roles in a heroin ring run by a Dominican group on behalf of a Mexican cartel as reported by Tatiana Pina for the Providence Journal: "the investigation . . . resulted in the seizure of more than 3 kilos of heroin, which carries approximately a $1 million street value, $450,000 in cash, a substantial quantity of high-end jewelry, five fire arms, four of them loaded, and 12 vehicles."
And in January 2012 U.S. customs officials seized 130 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $4 million from three unattended duffel bags which arrived on a flight from the Dominican Republic to Philadelphia International Airport as reported by WPVI: "the previous largest cocaine seizure at Philadelphia International was 55 pounds of the powdery narcotic, seized on August 5, 2000."
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is working with the Dominican Republic's National Drug Control Agency to investigate a suspected new DTO dubbed the Cibao cartel operates in the country's northern region as reported by The Associated Press: "Agency spokesman Ramon Rodriguez described the group as extremely dangerous and said they work with cartels in Mexico and Colombia."
Of course, organized crime cannot exist in the Dominican Republic without public corruption according to anti-drug government advisor Marino Castillo as reported by Fox News Latino: "the illegal drug trade has made progress in the country due to its infiltration of the armed forces, police, political parties, business, banking and the real estate industry."