US air patrol helps Dominican Republic

Maritime surveillance patrols used in the fight against drug smugglers.

U.S. deploys air patrol craft to help Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo. – At the Dominican Government’s request the United States on Tuesday announced the deployment of a new aircraft to bolster the capacity for air patrols and surveillance over the country’s coasts.

“The aircraft known as DHC – 8 (Dash 8) are regular profile civilian aircraft designed for the specific tasks to identify, monitor and intercept the traffickers of illicit substances and are intended to support local operations in accordance with Dominican and international laws relating to the detection, monitoring, and how to counter drug trafficking operations,” the U.S. Embassy said in an emailed statement.

It said as a result of the joint efforts by Washington and Santo Domingo and the use of this new resource, 1,360 kilos of marijuana valued at US$15 million have been seized, along with three boats, and five people arrested.

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