Illegals detained and 204 vehicles checked as controls intensify

POSTED: 12/2/14 12:48 AM

St. Maarten— Twelve (12) illegal migrants were detained during a “general joint control” by French and Dutch side law enforcements, which also saw  a total of 204 vehicles checked, 24 fines given and 12 vehicles towed. The controls will continue indefinitely.

The control—which is said to be one of many that have been planned– was a collaborative effort of the Gendarmes and the Justice Department on the Dutch Side consisting of the Immigration, Border Control and Protection Service, the Custom Department, Vrijwilligers Korps Sint Maarten (VKS) and the Police Department. This control is one of many that will be conducted on the island as a collaborative effort of French and Dutch side authorities. The group consisted of 70 persons including 10 Gendarmes and was divided into four smaller groups and posted at the four border crossing points namely Low Lands, Belle View, Belvedere and Oyster Bay, where they carried out the intense control.

The control occurred between midnight on Thursday November 27 and Friday November 28 at 03.00 a.m.  “The main focus of this control is the removing of illegal fire-arms and drugs from the streets. The “Stop, Drop and Go” Program has come to an end and the focus will now be to go out and search for the illegal weapons and drugs,” police spokesman inspector Ricardo Henson states in a police report.

“The Prefect Phillipe Chopin, representatives from the French Justice Department and the Commander of the Gendarmes met with the Chief Public Prosecutor Karola van Nie, the Acting Chief of Police Commissioner Carl John, and Chief Inspector Geronimo Juliet from the Immigration Department at the Cause Way /border round-a-bout, in order to inspect how the control was going. During this meeting the main topic was the working relation between both parts of the island, explaining and agreeing that this is definitely the way of jointly working and combating crime and any other illegal activity on the island,” Henson explained.

He added that Karola van Nie stated that she was very proud to see how the two justice departments were working together to improve the working relations.

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