In the Dominican Republic, the Dutchman Dennis G. (47) was arrested on Saturday, who is seen by the investigative services as a criminal contact of Ridouan Taghi. G. would be seen as a childhood friend of Taghi and one of the last criminal contacts around his organization, who was still at large. That writes De Telegraaf.
Following a Dutch extradition request, the Public Prosecution Service in the Dominican Republic, in collaboration with the drug control service Dirección Nacional de Control de Drogas (DNCD), tracked down and arrested the Dutchman.
Large-scale cocaine trade
Dennis G., alias “Rasta”, is seen by the Public Prosecution Service and the National Criminal Investigation Department as an important player in the international cocaine trade. He would use criminal contacts in both the Dominican Republic and the Netherlands, including corrupt port employees.
According to the OM, decrypted Ennetcom messages show that G. is probably involved in cocaine shipments of 985 and 522 kilos, which were seized in Colombia in 2015. G. would be the owner of the packages of cocaine, which were stamped with his nickname “Rasta”. He is also said to be involved in a transport of 47 kilos of cocaine, which was intercepted in Great Britain in 2015.
The suspicion arose from decrypted messages from SkyECC that he was also involved in the import of hundreds of kilos of cocaine into the Netherlands in 2019 and 2020.
Dennis G. spent many years in the Dominican Republic. He was already arrested there in 2015 in connection with the discovery of cocaine in his home and was held in custody for some time. According to the most recent investigative information, he lived in a luxury villa in Santo Domingo. It is not yet known when he will be extradited to the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has no extradition treaty with the Dominican Republic, but suspects are sometimes extradited, as happened in January 2022, for example, with the Dutchman Cor P., who survived a liquidation attempt in the Dominican Republic.