Abinader ponders the Navy’s anti-drug fight

In just two months of administration, interceptions against drug trafficking and other illicit activities by the Dominican Republic Navy have doubled by 260 percent.

This was stated yesterday by President Luis Abinader, who spoke with journalists before setting sail for his tour of the Isabela and Ozama rivers.

“I want to congratulate the Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral Betances, for the excellent work he has been doing. I want you to know that in these two months, since August 16, the Navy has been able to intercept 260 percent more in two months, than what was done from January 1 to August 16 in terms of drug trafficking and other illicit activities, ”said Abinader.

The president said that it has been a “truly extraordinary work” of Vice Admiral Ramón Gustavo Betances and the officers and soldiers under his command.


According to data managed by the LISTIN DIARIO, as of August 17 the supply of fuel was increased by 45% to all surface naval units, which remain at 90% of their operational capacity.

In addition, a preventive patrol was established along the entire coast of the Dominican Republic.

According to statistics provided to this medium, between January 1 and August 16, only 11 operations were carried out in support and combat of drug trafficking. While between August 16 and October 23, 20 activities were carried out in this regard. A total of 31 operations have been carried out this year. In practical terms, between January 1 and August 16, 289 packages were seized, while between August 16 and October 23, 764 packages of narcotics were seized, which is equivalent to 1,053 packages seized in 2020.

Fight drugs

One of the promises that President Abinader has made has been to carry out a reform in the National Police, in order to find a solution to the problem of citizen insecurity in the country.

Among the objectives of the aforementioned reform is to eliminate police corruption, ensure that this institution is managed in a more transparent way, and modernize it with the best technology to fight drug trafficking.

In this last aspect, he has reiterated the “special relationship” that the country has with the United States, with joint operations between the two nations to curb illicit drug smuggling operations.

Another of the reform promises is better pay for police officers.

“This is a decision that has been one of the main promises to the Dominican population to make transparent, honest police, also better paid, modernized with the best technology to fight crime and drug trafficking,” said Abinader.

A Creole is the most wanted by the DEA

Dominican Julio Alex Díaz, alias Julio Menan, is the second most wanted man by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), ranking second in the 10 most wanted fugitives due to his ties to drug trafficking.

Although last year 2019 topped the list, the DEA placed him in position two, being displaced by former Mexican policeman Nemesio Oseguera-Cervantes, alias “El Mencho”, who is the leader of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG), a One of the fastest growing transnational criminal organizations in Mexico that is among the most prolific manufacturers of methamphetamine worldwide, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency

Julio Alex Díaz is accused of conspiracy and of possessing, with the intention of distributing, heroin, fentanyl and cocaine that he allegedly received from drug cartels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

In December 2016, he was indicted along with 20 people on these charges. According to the investigation file, Díaz was born in 1974 and his last known address was in the Roslindale suburb, in Boston, of the state of Massachusetts.


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