In the first half of 2013, 14 percent of cocaine being smuggled to the United States was trafficked through the Caribbean region, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The cocaine being trafficked in the region was double the 7 percent in the first half of 2012. DEA intelligence analysts report that 27 metric… Continue reading Drug Trafficking in the Caribbean
According to a 2013 report, an estimated 6 percent of cocaine processed in South America and bound for the United States passes through the Dominican Republic. This figure was slightly lower than the 9 percent reported in 2010. Security officials in the Dominican Republic attribute the decrease due to the changing nature of the cocaine… Continue reading Cocaine in the Dominican Republic
There are at least 1,000 women working as prostitutes in the tourist city of Sosua in the Dominican Republic, according to city officials and community organizers. (Prices of prostitutes around the world.) Source: “1,000 prostitutes spook Sosua’s tourism,” Dominican Today, July 5, 2013.
According to a report by the Associated Press, over 200 military officers, soliders and police offers in the Dominican Republic have been accused of trafficking illegal drugs between 2009 and 2013. (More police corruption stats.) Source: Associated Press, “Dominican officials say intelligence agent among 7 arrested in drug-trafficking case,” Washington Post, April 15, 2013.
Money laundering in the Dominican Republic totaled $1.6 Billion in 2010, or 2 percent of the country’s GDP. Black market activities such as corruption, tax evasion and other financial crimes was the cause of the laundered money.
1.1 percent of the population between the age of 12-65 in the Dominican Republic has tried cocaine within the previous year. 0.4 percent of the population has tried crack cocaine. Worldwide, the rate of cocaine usage is between 0.3 and 0.4 percent.
Up to 9 percent of the cocaine entering the United States is believed to be trafficked through Haiti and the Dominican Republic.