Light sentence for drugs possession

POSTED: 01/24/13 10:16 AM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Godfried Celestino van Heyningen in absentia to a 4 month conditional prison sentence with 2 year of probation and 60 hours of community service for the possession of minimal amounts of cocaine and marijuana.

Van Heyningen, 51, was caught on January 12 with 4 small bags of cocaine and several small bags of marijuana. The summons mentioned an amount of 3.9 grams of cocaine and 3.7 grams of marijuana, but the court could not establish these amounts because they were not in the final police report.

Van Heyningen was picked up after someone alerted the police that he was attempting to sell drugs to cruise tourists, but prosecutor Tineke Kamps did not consider this sufficient to label the defendant with a so-called dealer-indication. Van Heyningen told the police the drugs were for personal use. And he was charged with simple possession. Mr. Kamps demanded a 6-month suspended prison-sentence with 2 years of probation and 60 hours of community service. Because the amount of drugs was only specified in the summons and not in the police report, the court handed down a slightly lower sentence.

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