Dominican authorities arrest 7, seize cocaine, heroin

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested seven suspects and seized several kilograms of cocaine and heroin.

The director of the National Drug Control Agency says the drugs were found Friday aboard a speedboat from South America. Rolando Rosado said Saturday that four Dominicans and three Venezuelans were detained after they threw 30 of 47 drug packets aboard the boat into the ocean.

He said agents seized nearly 4 pounds (2 kilograms) of cocaine and 15 pounds (7 kilograms) of heroin, along with 110 heroin capsules.

Rosado said authorities have seized more than 9 tons (8 metric tons) of cocaine this year, setting a record.