Dominican Republic authorities seized on Monday 28 packages of cocaine from Colombia about 17 miles east from the capital, Santo Domingo.
According to the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD), the drugs were seized from a motorboat in the port of Multimodal Caucedo and were destined to end up in the Netherlands.
The Filipino crew members, Felimon Querubin Barilla and Bombino Wacan Fernandez, were apprehended by Domincan authorities after receiving a tip from a Colombian official working in the international affairs division of the anti-drug agency, according to DNCD spokesperson Roberto Lebron.
The anti-narcotics agents who arrested the men alleged that the foreigners received nearly $17,000 as payment for transporting the drugs.
According to Lebron, the two foreigners are under investigation at the agency’s headquarters where they will be sent to the Santo Domingo Provincial Prosecutor’s Office to be brought to justice.