Who is Cesar Peralta (The Persecutor) and Why Has he Been Arrested?
Who is Cesar Peralta (The Persecutor)
César Emilio Peralta, often known as “El Abusador,” is a notable drug trafficker in the Dominican Republic.
Peralta evolved from a small-scale distributor in the 1990s to one of the Caribbean’s most major cocaine traffickers by the mid-2010s, thanks to his own network.
He established connections between South American suppliers and distributors in Puerto Rico and the United States mainland.
Peralta’s network became involved in heroin trafficking, human trafficking, and money laundering as a result of his extensive political connections, which allegedly included former Dominican president Danilo Medina Sánchez (2012–2020).
He was apprehended in Cartagena, Colombia, in December 2019 after attracting the notice of US investigators, and he will most likely be extradited to the United States.
In the 1990s, Peralta worked as a low-level domestic narcotics distributor. He started his career working for drug trafficking groups led by Rolando Floran Féliz, Pascual Cordero Martnez, alias “El Chino,” Manuel Emilio Mesa Beltré, alias “El Gringo,” and Quirino Ernesto Paulino Castillo, among others.
In 2001, 2007, and 2008, he was detained on drug-related charges but was freed shortly each time.
His arrest in 2008 was in connection with a 258-kilogram cocaine shipment recovered in the Dominican Republic’s Peravia region in the south.
Why has Cesar Peralta Been Arrested?
Peralta was accused of flying up to 20 kilograms of cocaine from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico every week, as well as shipping the contraband to Miami by sea.
However, his achievement quickly drew the attention of US law enforcement. The US District Court for the Southern District of Florida indicted Peralta in April of this year.
According to the Kingpin Act, the United States Treasury Department named him on August 20, 2019, as the head of an international drug trafficking organization.
Three of his lieutenants were arrested in the Dominican Republic the same day, thanks to a massive operation involving over 700 troops, police officers, and prosecutors.
Peralta was apprehended in Cartagena, Colombia, in December of 2019 after allegedly fleeing to that country.
Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, is where he is currently serving a prison sentence. His attorney predicts that he will be returned to his native territory in the near future.