Court sentences cocaine smuggler to 5 years

POSTED: 06/7/12 1:10 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Davonan Sookram to 60 months imprisonment for an attempt to bring 54 kilos of cocaine – worth an estimated $378,000 – into St. Maarten on December 23 of last year. The drug smuggler was accosted by officers of the Coast Guard.
Judge mr. Monique Keppels ruled, based on witness statements that Sookram “organized the whole transport per boat from Guyana to St. Maarten. The defendant chartered the boat, hired the personnel, helped to load the boat and was in command during the trip. The lying statement by the defendant that not he, but one Alex Agar organized the transport is apparently designed to mask the truth.”
The judge also noted that Sookram used somebody else’s passport in St. Maarten in “an apparent attempt to hide his identity from the authorities.”
The court rejected defense attorney Mr. Cor Merx’s plea to exclude the evidence obtained during the control of his client’s boat because the Coast Guard officers acted unlawfully and without proper authorization. mr. Merx told the court that his client keeps his option to appeal the verdict under consideration.

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