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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court of First Instance of St. Maarten on December 7, 2016 sentenced three of the four suspects who stood trial three weeks ago suspected of committing an armed robbery on May 16, 2016 at Island Water World. D.L.M. (21) was sentenced to 40 months in jail of which 10 months suspended. T.P. (18) was sentenced to 38 months in jail of which 10 suspended.
He was only 17 years old when the armed robbery was committed but was sentenced by the court as an adult, as was requested by the Prosecutor's Office, seeing the seriousness of the crime committed.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  Previously on Sunday December 4 2016, at approximately 10:00 p.m. a 59 year woman with initials V.C.E.A. was arrested at the Philipsburg Police Station as a result of a warrant that was issued for her arrest.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  On Monday December 5 2016, at approximately 5:.30 p.m. in de evening’s hours the Golden Ocean supermarket in South Reward was robbed by a lone person dressed in dark clothing.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Customs Officers on early Monday morning at 02.30 hrs confiscated 360 kilos of marijuana from a container that arrived in Sint Maarten coming from Curacao via Jamaica.

The drugs were found after a regular check on containers entering the harbor.

Head of Customs Anthony Doran said the marijuana was in boxes and was visible as soon as the container was opened.

Police authorities and Customs are now conducting an intense investigation to determine who the marijuana belongs to.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The suspect O.A. (35) in the Emerald-investigation remains in pre-trial detention. The judge of instruction decided this on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in Curaçao. O.A. was arrested on Monday, November 28, 2016. He is suspected of money laundering, forgery, tax fraud and illegal firearm possession. On November 28, the investigation code- named Emerald started on Sint Maarten. The special anti-corruption taskforce TBO of the Kingdom Detectives Cooperation Team RST, together with the National Detectives Agency St. Maarten and under the supervision of an investigative judge searched a total of seven (7) premises, including the house of the suspect, the offices of the port authority of Sint Maarten and at a security company.

During the searches documents, digital data carriers and a firearm were confiscated. In addition to the searches five cars and a number of bank accounts, a yacht and the suspect’s house were seized. The authorities on Anguilla, based on a request of Dutch St. Maarten authorities also seized property and bank accounts of the suspect on Anguilla.

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Two police officers were shot and killed in as many days, officials here have reported.

Justice and Public Security Minister Camille Edouard Jr., has deplored the deaths of two members of the National Police of Haiti.

“Minister Edouard expresses his deepest condolences, sympathies and full support to the families of the victims, their families and their PNH colleagues,” a statement from the Justice Ministry noted.

It reiterated that the government “will not allow any entity to create a situation likely to bring the country back into instability and anarchy”.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados  –  Members of the drug squad have arrested and formally charged 21-year-old Canadian national Andriy Kogut with a number of drug related offences which were committed at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Sunday, December 4.

Kogut arrived on the island by air from Canada. Having cleared immigration, he retrieved his luggage and proceeded to Customs. He was selected, and interviewed by customs officers who conducted an examination of his luggage and personal effects.

While searching his suitcase, 23 sealed packages containing cannabis were discovered concealed in a false bottom in the suitcase.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Monday December 5, 2016 at approximately 2:30 p.m. a 21 year old male suspect with initials N.N.F. was arrested and charged in connection to this case. During the robbery no one was hurt. Persons present were able to give police enough information to arrest N.F. shortly after the robbery had occurred at which time the stolen jewelry were confiscated from his person.

The discarded weapon and item of clothing were also located. The Police Department is appreciative and extends its thanks to the persons who contributed in the apprehension of this suspect. The suspect was placed into preventive custody pending further investigation.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados  –  Members of the Drug Squad have arrested and charged a Jamaican national for a number of drug related offences which were committed at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Tuesday November 29.

Shelly Ann-Marie McClean, 35, was charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply; trafficking; and importation.

McClean arrived on the island by air on Tuesday from Jamaica.

Having cleared immigration, she was stopped and interviewed. She was subsequently referred to Customs by police to have a search of her luggage and person conducted after suspicions were aroused. This search later revealed four taped packages containing cannabis concealed in her brassiere, under her breasts. She was subsequently arrested and later charged for the offences.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua  –  A man employed by Caribbean Airport Services (CAS) as a Ramp Supervisor, was arrested and charged following a counter-drug operation carried out by the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP).

Arrested is 54-year-old Samuel Friths.

The ONDCP said the operation took place in the parking lot of the Mount St. John’s Medical Center on November 23.

Friths reportedly fell ill during the course of the operation and was immediately hospitalized. He was discharged on November 28.

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