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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The U.S. says drugs from Venezuela are entering Dominican territory

SANTO DOMINGO (Dominican Today) - The United States ambassador in the country today revealed that the drugs dropped in the Dominican Eastern region and other zones come from Venezuela.

Hans Hertell said that the United States coordinates actions with the Dominican authorities to make life impossible for the distributors of drugs on aircraft, a practice which he affirms are "poisoning" the country.

The diplomat also said his country will support the efforts by the new Justice minister Radhamés Jiménez, and stated that the U.S. works very closely with the Dominican government to confront the situation.

He also revealed that in the last few days arrests have been made and actions taken to disarticulate those drug trafficking networks.

In another topic, the U.S. ambassador refused to comment on the reasons for his country’s canceling the visa of Dominican Municipal League general secretary Amable Aristy Castro.

He said that there are many officials, Dominicans as well as from other countries, who have been prevented from entering the United States after their visas were cancelled, affirming that entering that nation is not a right, but a privilege.

The diplomat also thanked the local authorities and promised to continue the policy of cooperation with the Justice Ministry in the war on drug trafficking, the organized crime and the trafficking of people.
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