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DNCD: Sinaloa cartel has a presence in Dominican Republic

first_img SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – A top Dominican narcotics official said anti-drug units recently arrested a Mexican who allegedly served as a pilot to Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Dominican drug czar Marino Vinicio Castillo, advisor to the president on matters of drug trafficking, confirmed two Mexican nationals were arrested on April 8. The men were identified as Víctor Manuel Alvarado Torres and Héctor Andrés Chávez Ramírez. However, authorities did not say which of the two men was the alleged pilot because the investigation is ongoing. The men were promptly turned over to U.S. authorities to fulfill an extradition request. They were wanted in the U.S. on charges of conspiring to smuggle South American cocaine into the country. U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents assisted Dominican agents in a sting operation in which the two men were arrested in a hotel in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo. The operation provided fresh evidence regarding the existence of the Sinaloa cartel’s expansion into the Dominican Republic, a key narco-trafficking transshipment point. The arrests of Alvarado Torres and Chávez Ramírez bring to 10 the number of suspected Mexican drug traffickers with ties to the Sinaloa cartel that have been arrested in the Dominican Republic in a little more than a year, according to the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD). “It’s not a new situation in the country,” said Directorate President Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo to Dominican media. Officials have said Mexican drug gangs are increasingly looking to the Caribbean country, particularly the areas near its Atlantic coastline, to establish trafficking routes. While authorities have long suspected a Mexican presence, it was not until Luis Fernando Bertolucci Castillo, known as “Capitán Rey,” was arrested in the middle of 2011 that they were able to confirm details. Information received from the interrogation of Bertolucci suggested the cartel was working with Dominican criminal groups to establish trafficking routes, mainly to Europe. Authorities have attributed the increasing Sinaloa cartel activity in the Caribbean to the increasing narcotics activity in Colombia, Central America and Mexico. Although one of the men arrested April 8 was allegedly Guzmán’s pilot, authorities would not say how close they were to apprehending the cartel leader. Guzmán, also called “Shorty” as a reference to his 5-foot-6 stature, is considered the world’s most powerful narco-trafficker. He was arrested in 1993 and sentenced to 20 years and nine months in prison for drug trafficking before he escaped from a Mexican correctional facility in 2001. Under his leadership, the Sinaloa cartel has grown into Mexico’s most powerful narco-trafficking organization. The expansion of the cartel’s operation into the Dominican Republic comes as Dominican agents have redoubled efforts to control the flow of narcotics through the island. An estimated 70 metric tons (154,323 pounds) of drugs used to flow through the country. Rosado said that number has been reduced to about 13 metric tons (28,660 pounds), of which anti-drug agents seized 7.6 metric tons (16,755) last year, slightly more than half of the total shipment. Through the first three months of this year, the department seized nearly four metric tons (8,818 pounds) of cocaine. In “Operation Earthquake” on March 25, officials confiscated 1.5 metric tons (3,306 pounds) of cocaine from a speedboat en route to the country from South America. They arrested three Venezuelans in the operation. Earlier in the month, officials confiscated 807.4 kilograms (1,780 pounds) of cocaine from a shipping container aboard an ocean liner docked in the Caucedo Port outside the capital. The drugs were bound for Spain. Eight suspects were arrested. By Dialogo April 17, 2012last_img read more

COVID-19 fast response team calls on dentists, ENTs to stop operating amid pandemic

first_imgHe said the team had asked the Health Ministry to issue a circular instructing dentists and otolaryngologists to close their practices for the time being. “If they do practice, it should only be for patients who are seriously [ill],” he saidDoni added that all doctors, both at COVID-19 referral hospitals and non-referral hospitals, should wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gloves and hazmat suits.He further said the government was confident about the availability of PPE for medical workers, given that the domestic textile and garment industry could produce PPE using local raw materials that had been certified by the World Health Organization.”So far, we noted 570,000 pieces of PPE and distributed 390,000 to some regions, plus 105,000 this afternoon,” he explained.The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) announced on Monday that at least 24 doctors across Indonesia had died in the fight against COVID-19, six of whom were dentists.Topics : The government’s COVID-19 fast response team has asked the Health Ministry to call on dentists and otolaryngologists to close their practices temporarily in order to avoid being infected by the virus.Team leader and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo said that the appeal was made due to the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among medical workers and doctors.”More than 20 of our doctors have died [from COVID-19]. Some of them were apparently not on the frontlines. Some of them were dentists and ENTs,” Doni said Monday in a virtual meeting with the House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing health issues.last_img read more

The Dominica Bar Association gets set to hold it’s first ever Free Law Fair this weekend

first_img Share Tweet President of the Dominica Bar Association Mrs. Wynante Adrien-Roberts. Photo credit: GIS News and dominicaweeklyDominicans are being encouraged to take advantage of the first ever free law fair in the country.The Dominica Bar Association is getting set to hold its first Law Fair on Saturday at the University of the West Indies Open Campus from 8:00 am.President of the Dominica Bar Association Wynante Adrien-Roberts says the law fair is geared at ensuring that everyone has equal access to justice, particularly the low-income and disadvantaged people who are in need of the protections afforded to them by the law.Most persons in Dominica are unable to seek legal advice because they do not have any money and some persons live in the country and they don’t know where to find a lawyer. We are making our services available for free,” she said.She says it is always geared at changing the public perceptions and attitudes towards lawyers.There will be a short opening ceremony with speeches expected from the President of Dominica His Excellency Dr. Nicholas Liverpool and Legal Affairs Minister Ian Douglas.Dominica Vibes News 179 Views   no discussions LocalNews The Dominica Bar Association gets set to hold it’s first ever Free Law Fair this weekend by: – June 17, 2011center_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Kindred Group funds development of Nordic Gambling Therapy app

first_img Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share Share Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Submit Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Maris BonelloUpdating the market, Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc has detailed that it will fund the development of a public ‘Gambling Therapy app‘, informing Scandinavian consumers of problem gambling symptoms and support measures.The online gambling group details that the free app forms part of its ongoing commitment towards creating ‘safe and secure’ environment for all betting customers.The Gambling Therapy app will initially be released in all four Nordic languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Danish).Maris Bonello, Kindred Group Integrity Analytics Manager and key stakeholder for group social responsibility initiatives commented on the app’s development:“We are very happy to be able to support the development of the Gambling Therapy app. Providing a safe and secure environment for our customers is at the very heart of Kindred, which is why we continue to support initiatives that can minimise the harm caused by gambling.”Gambling Therapy, forms part of the Gordon Moody Association, has released a free gambling therapy app targeted at problem gamblers. The app provides information about problem gambling, therapeutic exercises and support for people who are struggling with their gambling patterns. Kindred Group will be supporting Gambling Therapy financially to allow full development of the app.Backing the project, Pedro Romero, Head of Gambling Therapy stated “We are delighted with Kindred’s support to further develop the Gambling Therapy App, which will further help thousands of people struggling with their gambling. It is widely recognised within the industry that Kindred Group is a leader in Player Protection. This is thanks to the company’s commitment, its engagement and their Responsible Gambling team.”last_img read more

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