The biggest drug trafficker in the Dominican Republic, César Emilio Peralta, aka César el Abusador, was arrested on Monday, the spokeswoman for the National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD), Josefina Capellán, confirmed to Efe.
According to local media, Peralta was arrested in Cartagena, Colombia, but this has not been confirmed by local authorities.
The leader was fugitive since his band was dismantled by the Dominican authorities in a large operation on August 8, so the Dominican authorities had issued an international red alert to request the collaboration of the International Police (Interpol).
Then, the Dominican authorities described the Peralta gang as the largest network of drug traffickers in the country, responsible for sending tons of drugs to the United States and Europe and then laundering the benefits in nightclubs and nightclubs run by the Abuser.
Almost four months ago, Peralta undertook the escape, becoming one of the most famous capos in Dominican history, among other things because of the ease with which he supposedly always manages to slip away from the law.
According to the US Government, Peralta and his band have been sending “tons of cocaine and significant amounts of opioids” for years to the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe.
The anti-drug operation with which the band broke up was unprecedented in the Dominican Republic because of its size, since it involved about 700 people, including 500 police and military personnel, who were deployed simultaneously in dozens of the band’s premises in Santo Sunday and in the cities of Santiago and La Romana.
On the day of the operation several leaders of the band were arrested, some of whom have been extradited to the United States.
On August 27, the Abuser’s own wife fell under arrest during the third raid carried out by the authorities in an apartment where the couple lived in the Naco widening of Santo Domingo.
When announcing the first results of the operation last August, the attorney general of the Dominican Republic, Jean Alain Rodríguez, accused Peralta of having worked in the last two decades under the orders of the main drug traffickers in the country.
In the prosecutor’s words, the boss gradually climbed to the top of the drug business hierarchy on the island, creating a «complex structure» that served as a bridge between the cocaine producing countries of South America and the United States.