|WASHINGTON. The Department of State urged the Dominican Republic yesterday to fight corruption in order to fight against drug trafficking.
The Department of State assessed the "evident" improvements in the application of the law against drug trafficking, although it warned of the "endemic" corruption of the government and interest groups in the private sector.
According to the report, the country continues to be an important center of drug trafficking, principally cocaine, that comes from South America and that is heading to the United States and Europe.
The report estimates that the amount of drugs that were moved in 2009 in the country was similar to previous years, although the authorities increased the volume of seizures. Ecxtasy (MDMA), formerly the most seized drug in the past, was captured to a lesser degree during 2009, while cocaine seizures doubled.
For the first time, the Dominican government detected a new route of drug trafficking, coming from Asia and with Central America as a destination, which moved pseudoephedrine, of which 1.3 million units were seized.
The report also warns of the increase in the consumption of drugs by young people, which is likely to increase criminal violence.
Regarding the anti-drug police, the report said it was felt that the change in the leadership of the National Department of Drug Control (DNCD) allowed more effective results in the persecution of drug traffickers, although the Caribbean nation is still "vulnerable" to the financial crimes due to the "weak" legislation regarding money laundering.