Insight Crime on 24th May carried an interesting article which starts by saying that drug traffickers have a problem exporting drugs from Venezuela – As cocaine pours largely unopposed across the border from Colombia, with production in the Andean nation at a record high.  There are few commercial flights, little container shipping, no tourists and a collapsed fishing sector.  But the Dominican Republic, 1,400 km away, has it all.  The lion’s share of the drug streaks across the Caribbean in go-fast boats.  It concludes by saying that even if President Maduro is defeated, the conditions in Venezuela are unlikely to change quickly.  This means that the drug pipeline to the Dominican Republic is likely to grow and strengthen, certainly in the short term.  It also says that the Dominican Republic will evolve as a cosmopolitan drug-trafficking hub, with growing Venezuelan criminal presence.  The article also concludes that the position in and of the Dominican Republic suggests high-level corruption in local law enforcement, the national anti-drug agency and the port authorities, perhaps including political top cover and almost all sources consulted agreed on this but were reluctant to go on the record.


Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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