The Dominican Republic is making a lot of cocaine busts so far this year. The latest haul is 700 kilograms taken from the airplane of millionaire French Eyeglasses entrepreneur Alain Affelou, who is demanding an explanation from the company that manages his jet.
Le Monde reports that last Wednesday, cops stopped the Dassault Falcon 50 just before it was to depart the airport at Punta Cana. They searched and found the coke was packed into 26 suitcases. The jet was destined for Versailles, west of Paris.
Affelou was neither aboard the plane nor was he in the Dominican Republic. But he and his colleagues have used that very jet in the past.
A total of 35 people were arrested on suspicion of taking part of a network of drug traffickers. Suspects included the four French members of the crew, as well as numerous DR military and law enforcement officials.
By the middle of January, Dominican National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) seized an amount of cocaine equal to one quarter of the 2012’s entire haul. Narcs are on track to make 2013 a record year for drug busts.
European nations had been complaining to DR authorities that a lot of cocaine was coming to the continent via Punta Cana.