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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Over the past weeks The Customs Department confiscated approximately 40 kilos of cocaine and 320 kilos of marijuana.

On Thursday, March 30th Custom Officers at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) confiscated approximately 35 kilos of cocaine hidden in two separate hand bags in the service panel compartment onboard the AirFrance outbound flight. 

The investigation is still ongoing. No arrests have been at the moment.

On Saturday, April 8th Custom Officers at the Princes Juliana airport again confiscated four (4) packages of cocaine weighing approximately 5 kilos on board the AirCanada flight.

The packages were hidden in one of the toilet cabinets onboard the AirCanada outbound flight.

Two suspects with the initials S.L.B and C.A.D. both Canadian nationals have been arrested. Both persons have been taken in custody as the investigation proceeds.

During a routine control on Monday, April 10th Customs at the Point Blanche Harbour confiscated  approximately 320 kilos of marijuana packed in 14 boxes in a container.

Upon opening the container which originated from Jamaica, the officers did a thorough search of the container.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police Traffic Department is investigating a traffic accident during which a lady was struck by a motor vehicle and was seriously injured while sitting in the bus stop.

The incident took place on Tuesday April 11th at approximately 12.50 p.m. on the A. J. C. Brouwers road in the bus stop in front of Guardian Group Insurances next to the Yogesh Building. According to the investigating officer a SUV with license plate P-7793 driven by a female with initials M.L.S. (40) for unknown reasons plunged through the fence of Guardian Group Insurances and the through the bus stop where the victim was waiting on a bus.

The victim with initials S. H. (51) was over run by the SUV and suffered numerous deep cuts and serious bruises to her legs and arms from which she was bleeding.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police Traffic Department is presently investigating a traffic accident in which a pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle while crossing the street.

The incident happened on Monday April 10th at approximately 07.15 p.m. in the vicinity of Pineapple Pete’s on the Welfare road. According to the investigating officer the victim with initials W.S. (67) did not pay proper attention to a vehicle with license plate V-1132 traveling on the Welfare road in the direction of Cole Bay.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Monday at approximately 07.30 p.m. an urgent call came in to the Emergency Dispatch from the ADT security company informing them of a home invasion that was in progress at a home in the Beacon Hill area and that the suspects had fled the scene on foot.

Immediately a police patrols was sent to the scene to investigate what had taken place. While controlling the area, the patrols saw two men who fit the description of the suspects who had committed the home invasion shortly before. These men were also in the possession of a back pack. These men were immediately checked and asked to identify themselves.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with the ongoing murder investigation of A.R. Thewett also know as “Nino Brown” which took place on March 14th at his carwash located on the Arch road, the police department is again requesting cooperation from the community to help solve this case. This investigation is called “Tomato”. “Nino” and another man were gunned down on that evening by an unknown person (s). “Nino” did not survive the shooting while the other man remained seriously injured.

After the shooting the suspect (s) were seen running away from the scene in the direction of “Tranquillo Bar” and disappeared behind the bar. There were several persons visiting the bar at the time of the shooting and they have seen this person (s) running away.

The Police Department is hereby appealing to the general public who may have seen or heard something connected to this investigation and in particular to the customers who were outside of “Tranquillo Bar” at the time suspect (s) were fleeing from the scene, to share this information with the investigating Detectives.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The criminal proceedings in the appeal case against former Member of Parliament R.L. has been postponed June 8, 2017. Meanwhile the investigation has been referred back to the investigative judge to hear former minister of justice Roland Duncan as a witness.
Former Member of Parliament, R.L. was convicted by the Court in First Instance on Wednesday August 24, 2016 to 1 month in jail fully suspended. R.L was acquitted of two charges of threat against him in Zeepaard and Sardine investigations.
The National Detectives Agency investigators arrested R.L. on Thursday March 26, 2015 at his home. During a house search two firearms and bullets were found and confiscated. After several hours of questioning R.L. was released.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - C.A.B. and M.J.B.-M. appeared on the Joint Court of Justice on Thursday 6 April, 2017 for the preliminary hearing in the appeal case against them.
C.A.B. and M.J.B.-M's lawyer requested to hear 6 additional witnesses. The Solicitor-General opposed to this request. The Joint Court of Justice decided that 3 of the 6 witnesses will be heard: Gijsbertha, Havertong and Tjong-Ajong.

The investigation was referred back to the investigative judge for these witnesses to be heard. The criminal proceedings have been postponed for an indefinite period of time.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The suspects A.R.W.M. and C.J.L.C appeared in front of the judges of the Joint Court of Justice for the hearing in the Masbangu-investigation involving buying and selling of votes on behalf of the United People's (UP) party during the September 17, 2010 election. The solicitor-general asked for a jail sentence of 3 months fully suspended with a probation period and 150 hours of community service for the two suspects.
The Court of First Instance of St. Maarten on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 acquitted the four suspects in the Masbangu investigation of all the charges of vote buying against them. The Prosecutor’s Office had asked for A.R.W.M. a jail sentence of 3 months fully suspended, 150 hours of community service and deprivation of the right to vote and for C.J.L.C. A jail sentence of 3 months fully suspended with a probation period of 2 years, deprivation of the right to vote and 180 hours of community service.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The fourteen years old girl by the name of Keianna Y. Encarnacion that was reported missing since Monday April 3rd has returned home.

She is safe, in good health and in custody of her mother.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday April 5 th the mother of a teenage girl filed a “missing person” report with the

Police Juvenile Department. She stated that her daughter by the name of Keianna Yarielis

ENCARNACION, 14 years of age, after a heated argument with her mother on Monday April 3 rd

2017, left their home and until now, has not returned home.

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