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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - All five suspects detained in the Emerald-investigation will be released from pre-trial detention by the Prosecutor’s Office during the course of the day on Saturday March 18, 2017. They are the suspects C.B., S.W., A.A., C.D. and K.L. The Prosecutor’s Office does not find it necessary for the case against them that they remain in detention . They all remain suspects in the ongoing investigation.

The special anti-corruption taskforce TBO of the Kingdom Detectives Cooperation Team (RST) in cooperation with the National Detectives Agency St. Maarten and the French authorities also carried out two house searches on March 15, 2017. Also, the suspects C.B., A.A. and S. W. were arrested and detained. Later that day, a fourth suspect C.D. was arrested and on March 16 a fifth suspect K.L.

The Emerald-investigation started in April 2016, following reports in the newspapers and questions asked in Parliament about the contract signed between the suspect’s security company the port authority of St. Maarten. During this investigation suspicions arose about tax fraud, forgery and money laundering.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday, March 15, 2017 three (3) suspects were detained in connection with the ongoing investigation code-named Emerald. The special anti-corruption taskforce TBO of the Kingdom Detectives Cooperation Team (RST) in cooperation with the National Detectives Agency St. Maarten and the French authorities also carried out two house searches.

The suspects C.B., A.A., and S.W. were arrested and detained. They are suspected of forgery and tax evasion. In the Sucker Garden district a house was searched in the presence of an investigative judge. The French authorities also searched a house in the French Quarter district. Documents, records and digital data carriers among other things were seized. These are all premises where the investigators had not previously searched.

In connection with this same investigation a total of seven (7) premises, including the house of the suspect O.A., the offices of the port authority of Sint Maarten and at a security company were searched on November 28, 2016.

The Emerald-investigation started in April 2016, following reports in the newspapers and questions asked in Parliament about the contract signed between the suspect’s security company the port authority of St. Maarten. During this investigation suspicions arose about tax fraud, forgery and money laundering.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives of the Police Juvenile Department on Tuesday March 14th arrested a 22 year old male suspect with initials J.D.C in connection with an ongoing criminal involving a minor.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an armed robber which took place on Tuesday March 14th at approximately 09.30 p.m. at the Subway Restaurant located on the Walter J. A. Nisbet road in Philipsburg.

According to reports two unknown armed men stormed into the restaurant and threatened to use their weapons.

The suspects then robbed the establishment of an undisclosed amount of cash.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Monday the 13th of March 2017, at approximately 10.05 p.m. two men with initials F.F.F.A  (age 34 yrs) and A.L, (age 30 yrs), were arrested for the possession of counterfeit US Dollars bills. The counterfeit currency were $100,- bills. All of these bills had the same serial number which is CB66474177E, US $50,- bills.

All of these bills with the same serial number which is MH06333995A and US $20,- bills, some had the serial number IK56146706A  and  JK87282841A.The counterfeit US Dollars bills were confiscated for further investigation by the Fraud Department.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday morning March 15, 2017 the suspect B.M.B. (44 ) born in Aruba had been detained in the Ostrich-investigation. She is suspected of bribery and human smuggling and is the fifth employee of the immigration service to be arrested in this investigation.

It concerns an investigation carried out by the Unit Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling of the St. Maarten Police Force,

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday March 15th in the morning hours a police officer of the KPSM with initials A.A. was arrested in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation by the T.B.O (Team Bestrijding Ondermijning).

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Since Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017, several house searches have been taking place in connection with the ongoing investigation code-named Emerald.

SUCKER GARDEN, St. Maarten – On Tuesday, March 14, right after 10:30pm two men were ambushed and shot at a carwash on Arch Road.

One of the men was identified as “Nino Thewet aka (Nino Brown),” the owner of the carwash.

After verifying the details, a close family member, who confirmed to us that the owner of the car wash Nino Thewet, had been shot multiples times and was fighting for his life at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC).

However, shortly after 12:00am Wednesday March 15 Midnight, it was confirmed by a family member that he had succumbed to his injuries and died. His death is now considered the fourth murder for this year.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating a shooting of two men at a “truck wash” located on the Arch road in Sucker Garden. The Emergency Dispatch received the first call at approximately 10.30 p.m. on Tuesday March 14th informing them that two unknown masked gunmen entered the building on the premises where the truck wash is located.

Two men who were in the building at the time were shot by these two gun men. Immediately several police patrols and paramedics were sent to the scene to investigate what had taken place.

On the scene the investigating officers learnt that indeed a shooting had taken place and that two persons were shot. After committing this act both suspects fled the scene. Both victims were treated on the scene and then transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further medical treatment.

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