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POINT BLANCHE, St. Maarten - As part of a criminal investigation based on information received about the presence of a firearm in the Pointe Blanche prison, the St. Maarten Police Force on Tuesday January 31st, held a search, led by the Public Prosecutors Office, at the prison.

The search took place with the assistance of the marines of the permanent detachment of the Royal Navy in St. Maarten and the St. Maarten Police Force Justice K-9 Unit.    

The search started at approximately 07.30 a.m. and lasted until 05.00 p.m.

COLE BAY, St. Maarten - Two would-be armed robbers are now resting uneasily in St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) with bullet wounds.

The duo attempted to rob a grocery store across from Jobco Plaza on Wellington Road after 9:00pm on Friday. Observant area residents alerted Police and they responded promptly.

In pursuit of the fleeing would-be robbers, the Police shoot one in the mouth and the other was shot in the leg.

Police Spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson confirmed that the robbers are in the medical centre nursing their wounds.

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - Sandra Martina is the first female Labor Inspector in the Caribbean Netherlands. After an intensive study she was sworn in as special agent of the police (BAVPOL).

This Means That she can take criminal Measures in certainement situations, for example to write a police report. This enable block the Labour Inspectorate to do the job better. She was sworn in by the Chief of Police, Mr. Rosales.

The duration of the course was about four months. Her experience with this program Is that it is a very tough course.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The suspect M.A. (26) was sentenced on January 25, 2017, by the Court of First Instance to 80 hours of community service for joyriding. He was arrested on November 19, 2019 in the middle of the night near the zoo.

He displayed suspicious behavior and in the vicinity an amount of cocaine was found by the police. Yet while M.A. was shackled he managed to drive away with the police car only to be apprehended later on again.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Immigration service employee J.M. (36) appeared in the Court of First Instance on January 25, 2017 for the preliminary hearing in the investigation against her. She was arrested on November 14, 2016 and is being suspected of passive bribery, forgery and human smuggling in the period between April 23 and November 14, 2016.  
 
The suspect was not present during the proceedings. The defense lawyer asked for her detention to be suspended or lifted.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday, January 24th at approximately 11.00 p.m., several police patrols were sent to Hope Estate to investigate a shooting. On the scene the officers located the lifeless body of a man identified as F.B. lying on the ground in front of his home.

The victim had been shot while in his car by an unknown assailant(s). Immediately the scene was closed off. Detectives and the Forensic Department came to the scene to interview potential witnesses and collect evidence. A medical doctor who came on the scene pronounced the death of the victim.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery of the Sint Maarten Police Force is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place at Wah Yung Supermarket in Cole Bay on Tuesday January 24th at approximately 07.50 p.m.

This is when two masked and armed men stormed into the establishment and threatened the cashier and the clients in the supermarket with their weapons.

The robbers then proceeded to steal an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and the personal belongings of a client that was in the supermarket at the time. After committing this act the robbers fled on foot.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with the ongoing investigation into the interception at sea of more than 200 kilos of a drug-like substance perceived to be cocaine by the Dutch Royal Navy in collaboration with the Caribbean Coastguard on Saturday, January 21, 2017, a number of searches were carried out on Sunday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 24 on both the Dutch side as well as the French side of St. Maarten. Also, the three suspects on board of the boat on the which the alleged drugs were transported have been detained.

The suspects are D.J.C. from Venezuela, D.O.G.V. from St. Martin and L. R. from the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile the Prosecutor has prolonged their detention with eight (8) more days. Also, D.J.C. and D.O.G.V. were lead in front of the Judge of Instruction who deemed their arrest lawful. The third suspect L.R. will appear in front of the Judge of Instruction on Wednesday, January 25. The three suspects are in restrictive custody. A fourth suspect in the case has also been heard.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Robbery Unit is presently investigating three separate armed robberies:

The first one took place on Sunday January 22nd at Wang Yueng Restaurant on the Sucker Garden road at approximately 06.40 p.m. This is when a lone masked gunman dressed in dark clothing stormed into the building and held up cashier. He went on to steal an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and after committing this act fled the scene on foot.

The second one took place on Sunday January 22nd at Kim Sha Beach at approximately 09.45 p.m. this is when three unknown each with a firearm attacked a couple that were on the beach. The mail victim was beaten by the robbers and had to be transported to the medical center for treatment. The handbag and contents belonging to the female victim were stolen. After committing this act the robber fled away on foot.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Januari 22nd 2017, Custom Officers at Princess Juliana International Airport found

almost 1200 gram of cocaine strapped onto the body of a male passenger with initials F.W. ,

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