TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Honduran Defense Minister Marlon Pascua shows the weapons authorities seized from 13 alleged narco-traffickers who were arrested by the Navy aboard a vessel in the Caribbean Sea last week. Naval officials also confiscated US$658,000 during the bust. (Honduran Ministry of Defense/AFP)
Popular businessman and two employees fatally shot in Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Ruben Soto, who owns a popular bakery in the nation’s capital, was fatally shot along with two employees on May 14 during an attack that could be drug-related, police said. Soto was the stepfather of Madeline Bernard Peña, the widow of police Col. José González. González is connected to suspected drug kingpin José Figueroa Agosto, who is wanted by authorities, police said. Bernard Peña was interviewed by prosecutors heading the investigation into Figueroa Agosto, who they suspect ordered the slaying of González last year. The colonel was murdered on Dec. 24 when he arrived at his residence with Bernard Peña, who was injured in the assault, according to authorities. The Dominican Republic government has posted a US$185,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. [EFE (Dominican Republic), 16/05/2010; Latin American Herald Tribune (Dominican Republic), 16/05/2010]
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