Brothers in crime: the prosecution’s case for the criminal organization

POSTED: 10/19/12 11:43 AM

St. Maarten – The seven defendants in the Vesuvius-trial are accused of membership of a criminal organization – a charge that has often been brought against defendants in criminal court in the past but that has seldom led to a conviction. But maybe the prosecution has a stronger case this time. It’s hard to say at this stage, because the defense attorneys still have to plead their cases and they could swing the opinion on this point.

Yesterday, prosecutors mrs. Gonda van der Wulp and Bart den Hartigh charged that “during several years the brothers Amador and Omar J. were at the head of a criminal group that dealt in drugs and that they were regularly seen in the possession of several firearms.”
Investigators have linked alleged gang leader Omar J. with at least four drugs shipments. The first one is the rip deal at the Princess Juliana International Airport, where Amador Jones stole 10 kilos of cocaine, probably in April of last year. This theft led to Jones murder on April 16. The prosecution further mentioned a rip deal on July 27 by Omar J. and two others, a transport to the US Virgin Islands on July 28 and a transport with the Conair III, a boat belonging to Omar J. that was intercepted in St. Thomas on St. Maarten day last year, November 11. On board was 321 kilos of cocaine.
The prosecution stated yesterday that Eric Lake and Anthony White were probably murdered because they had stolen drugs from Omar J. “This indicated an internal sanction system,” prosecutor Den Hartigh said. “Own members are murdered as well when they do not stick to agreements and steal from the group.”

The prosecution considers Omar J., Carlos R., Ekron M., Andrew D. and Doniel Th. the core members of the criminal organization and claims that Erno L. and Charles F. had ties with the group.
The cousins Omar J., Erno L. and Charles F. all have the same tattoo, the prosecution pointed out: C.I.D. Charles F. told investigators that the abbreviation stands for Coming In Deadly.
A neighbor of Carlos R. identified several suspects, and noted that Erno L. is a “boss” and that Charles F., Tyrone M. and Flashlight (Clinton Alphonso H. – sentenced to 7 months earlier this month for a fight over a stolen bike in Nazareth) belong to his group with two others identified only as Joey and Poochi.

Based on the evidence in the case file, the prosecution concludes that Omar J. is the leader of the criminal organization. “First he was together with his brother Amador, but after his death he became the absolute boss.”
Erno L. took part in this organization where he talked with Omar J. and Andrew D. about what needed to be done. “He possibly also directed his own organization,” the prosecution stated. Charles F. executed assignments for Erno L., Andrew D. was the “advisor and confidante of Omar J. and he kept weapons for the organization.”
Carlos R. executed assignments for Omar J. “He was the hit man who did the dirty work. He was close to Omar who apparently also trusted him with his affairs when he was detained,” the prosecution stated.
Ekron M. maintained contacts for the drugs transports, executed transports and, based on his own statements, also kept weapons for the organization. Doniel Th. is seen as Omar J. go to man for stealing cars the organization used for its crimes and for keeping weapons.

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