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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Sunday May 21st at approximately 1.45 a.m. a police patrol was directed to Hollywood Casino in connection with three suspicious men, who were walking through the .On the scene the patrol encountered an off-duty colleague who informed them that he had also observed the suspicious behavior of these men. He also stated that the men had left the scene in a white car with heavily tinted windows. 

During a search of area the suspected vehicle was seen driving in Cole Bay. The vehicle in which two men were driving at the time was stopped on the Welfare Road by the patrol to be controlled.

CUPE COY, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an armed robbery at the Starz Casino in Cupe Coy which took place on Friday May 19 th at approximately 12.15 a.m. According to witnesses two men wearing dark clothing and armed with guns stormed into the casino and while threatening the cashier robbed the establishment of an undisclosed amount of cash.

After committing this act the robbers fled the scene in an awaiting vehicle.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives of the Special Unit Robbery are presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Wednesday May 17th at approximately 11:20 p.m. at Cappucino Bar and Restaurant located on the Welfare road.

According to witnesses this is when two masked men armed with guns stormed into the establishment threatening everyone.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police Traffic department is presently investigating a serious traffic accident which took place on Thursday May 18th 2017 at approximately 01.20 a.m. on the L.B. Scot road.

This is when the driver of a vehicle with license plate M-7486 traveling from the Church hill round about in the direction of Sint Peters lost control and collided with another vehicle with license plate R-1766 traveling in the opposite direction.

As a result of the collision the M-7486 continued traveling forward destroying a wire fence and hitting into a container.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten - In the month of January 2010 family members of R. Brous filed an official report with the authorities on the French Side of the island stating that he had gone missing and had not returned home. He had been last seen driving a blue rented BMW. The police authorities on the Dutch side of the island were also informed about this missing person and joined in the search to locate R. Brous however; this lengthy search did not have any positive results.

On Monday January 23rd 2017 in the morning at approximately 09.00 a.m. police was called to Great Bay to investigate a case involving a vehicle which was found submerged approximately 200 meter from the shore line in the vicinity of the Walter Plantz Pier. A local diver discovered the vehicle while diving in Great bay harbor and immediately notified the police.

The vehicle in question was a BMW with four doors which showed signs of being submerged for quite some time. The vehicle was removed from the water at which time during the investigation, what seemed to be human remains, was found in the vehicle. The vehicle and the human remains were confiscated for further investigation.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As result of a complaint of embezzlement, forgery and theft filed by Insel Air in 2016 against S.B.B (sales agent) and A.A. H. (sales manager), in which together these employees are suspected of to have embezzled approximately US $100.000,-, a criminal investigation into this case was started.

In connection with this ongoing investigation the arrest of A.A.H. was made this morning May 16th at his home in Fort Willem. A.A.H. was questioned after contacting to his lawyer and he remains in custody for further investigation.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On the 30th of March 2017, a criminal investigation was launched by the public prosecutor under the name “Polaris” This investigation is in connection with a considerable amount of drugs that was found earlier this year on an Air France Flight.

In connection with this ongoing investigation and by orders of the judge of instruction and the public prosecutor, five (5) house searches were conducted in the areas of Mary Fancy, Fort Willem and Cay Bay. During the searches several items were confiscated.

During these house searches one male person was arrested for possession of an illegal substance.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - A suspect with initials F.C.G. was arrested by Detectives in the afternoon on Sunday May 15th after a complaint was filed against him for threatening the victim with initials J.A.M. and his partner with a gun and also for illegal gun possession.

According to the victim the incident took place at approximately 12.00 p.m. in the vicinity of “El Mango” on the L.B. Scot road.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives of the Special Unit Robbery are presently investigating two separate robberies which recently took place.

The first robbery took place on Friday May 12th at approximately 03.45 p.m. on the Union Farm road. This is when the manager of a construction company was robbed of the payroll for his employees, by two unknown men armed with guns. After these men robbed the victim they fled the scene.

The second robbery took place on Monday May 15th at Su supermarket on Aaron Jacobs Drive in Cay Bay at approximately 07.25 p.m.

GEORGETOWN, Willemstad - The 15-nation Caribbean community is angry at the United States for labelling virtually all members of the regional trade bloc as money laundering jurisdictions and plans to mount a stiff lobbying effort in Washington, its leader said Friday.

CARICOM Secretary General Irwin La Rocque said the United States’s listing 14 member states in its 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report could have devastating effects on the region.

Most of the countries have economies heavily dependent on tourism and financial services such as offshore banking and economic citizenships.

“I think these unilateral blacklistings are not helping anything,” he said, adding that “there ought to be some discussion and transparency on how these lists are arrived at.”

La Rocque spoke to AFP after the issue was discussed by CARICOM trade ministers at a two-day meeting in Guyana, on the northeast coast of South America.

He said that when CARICOM foreign ministers meet in Barbados next month, they would prepare the groundwork to intensify regional lobbying efforts that individual member states have already begun in Washington.

The only CARICOM member state not blacklisted by Washington was Montserrat, a British overseas territory.

La Rocque insisted CARICOM members comply with international norms for fighting money laundering.

“And all of a sudden we see these unilateral blacklistings. This is not the way to do it,” he said.

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