By Dialogo February 24, 2012 The Dominican Republic’s National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD, for its Spanish acronym) landed a heavy blow against drug trafficking when it seized 616 packages of cocaine and arrested the two individuals who were transporting them on February 22. The shipment, distributed in 25 polypropylene bags, was found in the possession of Samil David Arredondo Cedeño and Pedro de Peña Rodríguez. DNCD spokesperson Roberto Lebrón revealed that the seizure was part of “Operation Volcano,” led by the head of the institution, Major General Rolando Rosado Mateo. He stated that the DNCD, via the Sensitive Investigations Tactical Division and with the assistance of the Preventive Police, tracked the individuals until catching up with them in the town of Boca Chica. “We’re dealing with an organization that received the drugs from Colombia or Venezuela using speedboats in order to turn them over to the men we arrested and other identified individuals on the high seas. They received the 616 packages 60 miles off the coast,” said the report provided by the anti-narcotics spokesperson. The same report states that the gang received the drugs for their export, with a final destination probable in Puerto Rico, “but it could also have been to send it to Europe, using a port facility and an airport,” said the report.