1. Dominican Republic $0.1029 Billion ($102.9 Million)


  2. Black Market Crime in Dominican Republic


Dominica Republic Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from the Dominican Republic’s black market. Intelligence and security information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public data sources.

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 tons of cocaine was brought to the Dominican Republic, an increase from the 22 tons of cocaine it received in 2012.

The US territory of Puerto Rico is also seeing an increase in drug trafficking activity. In an example of the scope of the drug trade, police recently arrested a ring of 27 traffickers who were moving drugs from the Dominican Republic into the United States. The gang reportedly made over $100 Million in revenue.

The homicide rate in Puerto Rico was 30.5 per 100,000 in 2011, over six times the homicide rate of the mainland US. Nearly half of the murders committed in 2011 was drug related.

Security experts state that Puerto Rico is a key location in smuggling drugs into the United States.  Drugs are able to be smuggled into the mainland with less Customs inspections due to its status as a US territory.

Source:  Ezra Fieser, “DEA: Drug trafficking doubles in Caribbean,” Miami Herald, October 3, 2013.

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 market. More cocaine abusers are now living in Europe, thus leading to more cocaine passing through the Dominican Republic to head towards Europe.  Up to 11 percent of all cocaine that is trafficked to Europe passes through the Dominican Republic.

(Price of Cocaine Worldwide.)

Source: “Dominican Republic: Cocaine laboratory dismantled,” Infosurhoy, September 4, 2013.

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. Criminal activities such as corruption, tax evasion and other financial crimes was the cause of the laundered money.

In 2008, an estimated $820 Million was laundered in the country.

(More laundering examples here.)

Source:  “Money Laundering – Two Per Cent Of Dominican Republic’s GDP,” Bernama, February 23, 2012.

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.

The price of crack cocaine in the Dominican Republic is reported to be about $1.25 (50 pesos) for a rock.

(How much does a gram of cocaine cost?)

Source: Ezra Fleser, “Drug addiction surges in Dominican Republic,” GlobalPost, August 22, 2011.

Up to 9 percent of the cocaine entering the United States is believed to be trafficked through Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

(Additional cocaine facts and statistics.)

Source:  Chris Hawley, “Experts: Haiti chaos may lead to rise in drug trafficking,” Arizona Republic, February 8, 2010.