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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. ,

MIAMI  —  A suspect in the slaying of a Miami Beach woman more than two decades ago has been arrested.

Media outlets report 53-year-old Dale Ewers faces charges of murder, sexual battery, armed robbery, and kidnapping in Mercedes Perez’s death. He was arrested in Jamaica in October and extradited Wednesday to Florida.

Police say Ewers shot 34-year-old Perez to death inside her South Beach apartment in 1990 and raped her friend.

The case went unsolved for years until police say DNA evidence from the crime scene was tested in 2012, linking Ewers to Perez’s death. At that time, Ewers was living in Jamaica after having been deported there following a 2008 arrest on unrelated charges in Massachusetts.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Detective Department continues to investigate the disappearance of the two men L. SARANTE and E. ROSARIO who were last seen in the afternoon on Monday December 5th 2016 in the vicinity of Simpson Bay Resort in Pelican.

These two men were never seen on heard from since the disappearance. The investigating team has interviewed a large number of witnesses and gathered quite a bit of relevant information however, the team would like to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Simpson Bay resort on that day in the afternoon and may have seen or heard anything which could be very instrumental in solving this case.

Detectives definitely want to get in contact with a young female who was on the premises of the hotel on that day in the afternoon.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Prosecutor's Office will act more rigid against persons with a court sentence who do not perform their community service or do not comply with the conditions imposed

by the court in a conditional sentence. This good intention of the Prosecutor’s Office for the year 2017 led to the necessary efforts and successes in recent weeks.

In recent weeks, five (5) persons have been arrested who have not respected the conditions attached by the judge to a suspended prison sentence. The Prosecutor’s Office had ordered their arrest and they are currently detained (based on an execution order of the Court).
In recent weeks the Prosecutor’s Office has also sent letters to eight (8) other persons with a court sentence to make them aware that they will be detained, because they have not carried out their community service. Five (5) of these persons, after receiving the letter, have decided to comply with their community service.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Tuesday morning, January 17, 2017 two employees of the immigration service were arrested suspected of human smuggling, bribery and abuse of their post. K.L.M.B. (34) and A.A.D. (33) were arrested around 6:20 am.

The arrests are the result of a lengthy investigation that has been ongoing since April 2016, code-named Ostrich. It concerns an investigation carried out by the Unit Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling of the St. Maarten Police Force, KPSM into illegal admittance of Jamaicans and Haitians.

SABA - A suspect has been extradited today, January 15th 2017 from the United States in the investigation called Hector”. This is the investigation being conducted after the death of a student on Saba in April 2015.

On Sunday, January 15th, 2017 the 31-year old S.C. from Bosnia was transferred by US authorities in Atlanta (USA) to the police force KPCN, after he arrived on Bonaire by air. S.C. is suspected to have killed 24-year-old student Kavya Guda on April 15th 2015. He is suspected of rape, threats and possession of child pornography.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigation a very violent armed robbery/ invasion which took place on the evening of December 7th 2016 at a home in the area of Pelican Keys. Four masked and armed men forced their way into this home and assaulted the occupant of this hose and stole items such as the victim’s bank and credit cards.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Based on information gathered by the immigration and police department in connection with an ongoing investigation seven illegal persons were arrested on Thursday January 12th during a control held at a guesthouse located in the Cay Hill. With full cooperation of the management of the establishment these persons, six with Cuban nationality and one from the Dominican Republic, who were all in violation with the immigration laws have been detained pending their deportation.

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