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FLORIDA  –  The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) of the Southern District of Florida has released the charges against Guy Philippe, the former Haitian rebel turned politician, who was arrested Thursday afternoon in Port Au Prince and extradited a few hours later.

Philippe, 48, was indicted in 2005 on one count of conspiracy to import narcotics; one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and engage in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity and one substantive count of engaging in monetary transactions derived from unlawful activity.

Philippe, who was elected as a Senator in the November 20 legislative elections in Haiti, was ordered held without bond during an initial hearing before US Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber of the Southern District of Florida.

Philippe’s arraignment hearing is scheduled for January 13, 2017.

According to the indictment, from approximately 1997 through 2001, Philippe conspired with others to import more than five kilograms of cocaine into the United States.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The police are now investigating a deadly shooting, which took place in the Sucker Garden area late Friday night. Dead are a male believed to be in his early 30s and his female companion who is believed to be in her early 20s.

According to the police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson, the Central Dispatch received a call at around 10:45 indicating that there was a shooting taking place in the Sucker Garden area and that persons might have been hurt.   

Several patrols were directed to the area to investigate. Upon arrival they found a white Hyundai Elantra with the license plate P-7712 riddled with bullets. Upon closer inspection of the vehicle the lifeless bodies of the two individuals, a male and female were discovered.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A former Haitian rebel leader turned politician has been arrested after taking part in a radio show.

Guy Philippe, a former soldier, was the rebel leader of the 2004 Haitian rebellion, and was recently elected a Senator.

He was appearing on a radio programme in the capital, Port au Prince, before being arrested outside the studio.He is wanted by the United States on drug charges, but it is not yet clear if that was why he was arrested.

Mr Philippe was elected as Senator for the Grand’Anse district in the November elections, but has yet to take his seat.

Local media outlets reported that he was arrested during a live radio broadcast, which the host interrupted once police arrived.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday, January 5th 2017 at approximately 07.30 a.m. a search was carried out by the Immigration and Border Protection Service at a furnished apartment building located in Sucker Garden in connection with an ongoing investigation of human trafficking/human smuggling, which took place since Sunday December 25th 2016.

In the early morning hours on December 25th a cruise vessel originating from La Romana in the Dominican Republic arrived on Sint Maarten, as its first port of call. Upon its arrival the ship was cleared by the immigration authorities, allowing the passengers to disembark for the day.

In the evening hours, at departure time, when the immigration authorities returned to clear the ship for departure, they were informed by the cruise ship authorities that 18 persons (10 men and 8 women) traveling on the ship, for unknown reasons, did not return to the ship and were unaccounted for. These persons never reported themselves to the police or immigration department and remain illegal on the island.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten issued a warning notice to the community on Wednesday, stating that El Mas Rapidito is not licensed by the Central Bank to offer money transfer services and is consequently acting in violation of the mentioned supervision law.

The Central Bank warns all those who are using or have used the services of El Mas Rapidito Courier Services N.V. to be extra vigilant, as their operations are in violation of the mentioned supervision law.

The Central Bank pointed out that pursuant to Article 11, Paragraph 1 of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Curaçao and St. Maarten (2010) states that all institutions or persons are prohibited to engage in the business of money transfer without a foreign exchange license from the Bank.  Any breach of the prohibition may be penalized by imprisonment or fine.

Meanwhile, speaking to our news department one of the directors of the money transfer establishment, Edwin Maduro told us that since inception they had been trying to acquire the foreign exchange license.

However, through the years, the bank did not handle the matter until the bank tried to stop the operation in 2012, and as a result, they rejected.

It is for this reason, El Mas Rapidito Courier Services N.V was asked to submit a request again. This is exactly what they did, only to be rejected again.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating a case of ill-treatment which took place on Saturday December 31st at approximately 06.30 p.m. at a home on Stage Corn road in Beacon Hill.

According to the investigating officers, the couple that was involved in this case were having serious trouble which each other.

The situation got out of control and became physical. At one point one of the parties got hold of a knife.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery of the KPSM is presently investigating three separate armed robberies which took place between December 28th 2016 and January 2nd 2017.

The first one took place at Fu Yuan Supermarket on December 28th at approximately 07.00 p.m. The lone suspect armed with a handgun stormed into the establishment and threatened the cashier with his weapon forcing him to open the cash register. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and also took the belonging to the cashier. The suspect fled scene on foot.

The second robbery took place on December 29th 2016 at approximately 08.15 a.m. in the vicinity of Ennia Insurances on the Walter Nisbeth road. According to the victim he was standing outside of the establishment, when he was suddenly approached by two unknown men who verbally threatened him and demanded that he surrendered his handbag which he had with him.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  On Wednesday December 28, 2016, at approximately 12.45 am the Star Ocean supermarket in Dutch Quarter was robbed and several minutes later the Wing Li supermarket in Middle Region was also robbed by the same culprit brandishing a firearm.

In both cases the culprit fled on a scooter after the robberies. When patrols arrived at the scene they were given a description of the culprit.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  On Wednesday December, 28 2016, at approximately two thirty five pm (14.35), the Police Central Dispatch was informed of a stabbing incident that had accord during an altercation between inmates at the Point Blanche Prison Facility.

A patrol was immediately dispatched to asses the situation. The victim was treated by paramedics on the scene then transported to the medical center.

FORT DE France, Martinique  –  French police have detained two St. Lucian brothers in connection with the shooting death of a young man in Martinique.

The police said, one of the brothers, who is described as the person who did the shooting, surrendered to law enforcement officers on Christmas Day, while the other unidentified brother was arrested later in the day.

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