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Dominican Republic arrests prosecutors, 21 cops after 1 ton of seized cocaine disappears

MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 09:  A U.S. Coast Guard crew member off loads blocks of marijuana from the Paul Clark one of the Coast Guard's newest fast-response cutters on May 9, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.  The U.S. Coast Guard used two of the new fast-response cutters to seize the more than $3 million in drugs earlier this month on the Caribbean Sea in separate interdictions just a day apart from each other.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 09: A U.S. Coast Guard crew member off loads blocks of marijuana from the Paul Clark one of the Coast Guard's newest fast-response cutters on May 9, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. The U.S. Coast Guard used two of the new fast-response cutters to seize the more than $3 million in drugs earlier this month on the Caribbean Sea in separate interdictions just a day apart from each other. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

A court in the Dominican Republic has ordered the arrest of three prosecutors and 21 police officers accused of not reporting drug seizures involving more than a ton of cocaine that has since disappeared.

Among those accused is the former director of an anti-narcotics unit, who is among the dozen of suspects that have been arrested. Authorities are still seeking to arrest the remainder.

"In one way or another they became drug traffickers," said General Prosecutor Francisco Domínguez. "This type of situation is unacceptable."

One of the three drug seizures occurred in September near Santo Domingo, where 950 kilograms (2,000 pounds) of cocaine were discovered but never turned over to authorities, he said.

Domínguez said he believes some of the drugs were sold, adding that some suspects have turned over the cash from the alleged transactions. Authorities are still investigating whether some of the drugs were returned as part of a bribe.

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The investigation began in December after Police Chief Manuel Castro noticed the missing drugs.

The arrests are the latest in an ongoing crackdown on corruption in the Caribbean country's police force.

A 2011 Amnesty International report found that some 12,000 police officers were accused of corruption between 2007 and 2010. It is unclear how many of those cases were tied to drug trafficking.

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