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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On May 17th Custom Officers at the Princess Juliana International airport confiscated 1 (one) kilo of cocaine from a male passenger with initials J.E.M. who arrived on the Insel Air flight from Curacao. The suspect had swallowed 83 "bolitas" which was proven from X-ray pictures taken at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The suspect was brought to the station to discharge the "bolitas". Investigations in this matter are ongoing.

On May 13th Customs Officers at the Point Blanche Harbor facilities along with the Coast Guard and the Justice K9 confiscated 101 packages of marijuana hidden in banana slips from a vessel originating from St. Vincent. This shipment of marijuana with a total weight of approximately 36 kilos was destined for Tortola.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Tuesday May 23rd at approximately 02.00 p.m. several police patrols, Forensic Department and paramedics were sent to Philips Drive in Middle Region after receiving a call of a shooting that had taken place. On the scene the investigating officers located the victim who according to him and witnesses was shot by an unknown armed man. The victim also stated that the suspect entered his home and demanded money from him but did not comply with this demand and was then shot.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten- The Court Appeal (Hof) decided that there will be no decision taken today, as planned before, in the request for suspension of Francesco Corallo.

The case will be now handled on June 6th 2017.

HOLLAND - The public prosecution department is preparing a massive DNA research project in the hunt for the killer of an 11-year boy almost 20 years ago, officials said on Tuesday.

New techniques have allowed scientists to identify dna found on Nicky Verstappen’s body and clothes. This dna is currently being compared with samples held in the national dna bank as well as its equivalent in Belgium and Germany.

However, if no match is found, officials plan to launch a mass screening to look for the killer or killers relatives.  They expect that 15,000 men, mainly from Limburg, will be asked to take part in the programme on a voluntary basis.

Judges have already given the go ahead to the screening, the public prosecution department //" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=";ust=1495632525627000&usg=AFQjCNFE75qNoRpoL9om4-ufRRlqvH5mNQ">statement said.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Sunday May 21st at approximately 1.45 a.m. a police patrol was directed to Hollywood Casino in connection with three suspicious men, who were walking through the .On the scene the patrol encountered an off-duty colleague who informed them that he had also observed the suspicious behavior of these men. He also stated that the men had left the scene in a white car with heavily tinted windows. 

During a search of area the suspected vehicle was seen driving in Cole Bay. The vehicle in which two men were driving at the time was stopped on the Welfare Road by the patrol to be controlled.

CUPE COY, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an armed robbery at the Starz Casino in Cupe Coy which took place on Friday May 19 th at approximately 12.15 a.m. According to witnesses two men wearing dark clothing and armed with guns stormed into the casino and while threatening the cashier robbed the establishment of an undisclosed amount of cash.

After committing this act the robbers fled the scene in an awaiting vehicle.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives of the Special Unit Robbery are presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Wednesday May 17th at approximately 11:20 p.m. at Cappucino Bar and Restaurant located on the Welfare road.

According to witnesses this is when two masked men armed with guns stormed into the establishment threatening everyone.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police Traffic department is presently investigating a serious traffic accident which took place on Thursday May 18th 2017 at approximately 01.20 a.m. on the L.B. Scot road.

This is when the driver of a vehicle with license plate M-7486 traveling from the Church hill round about in the direction of Sint Peters lost control and collided with another vehicle with license plate R-1766 traveling in the opposite direction.

As a result of the collision the M-7486 continued traveling forward destroying a wire fence and hitting into a container.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten - In the month of January 2010 family members of R. Brous filed an official report with the authorities on the French Side of the island stating that he had gone missing and had not returned home. He had been last seen driving a blue rented BMW. The police authorities on the Dutch side of the island were also informed about this missing person and joined in the search to locate R. Brous however; this lengthy search did not have any positive results.

On Monday January 23rd 2017 in the morning at approximately 09.00 a.m. police was called to Great Bay to investigate a case involving a vehicle which was found submerged approximately 200 meter from the shore line in the vicinity of the Walter Plantz Pier. A local diver discovered the vehicle while diving in Great bay harbor and immediately notified the police.

The vehicle in question was a BMW with four doors which showed signs of being submerged for quite some time. The vehicle was removed from the water at which time during the investigation, what seemed to be human remains, was found in the vehicle. The vehicle and the human remains were confiscated for further investigation.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As result of a complaint of embezzlement, forgery and theft filed by Insel Air in 2016 against S.B.B (sales agent) and A.A. H. (sales manager), in which together these employees are suspected of to have embezzled approximately US $100.000,-, a criminal investigation into this case was started.

In connection with this ongoing investigation the arrest of A.A.H. was made this morning May 16th at his home in Fort Willem. A.A.H. was questioned after contacting to his lawyer and he remains in custody for further investigation.

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