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