Octogenarian and his wife remain behind bars

POSTED: 06/24/16 9:12 PM

St. Maarten News – Victor A.R. and Ingrid F. remain behind bars, the Court in First Instance ruled yesterday. The 81-year-old R. and his 55-year-old wife had asked the court on Wednesday for their release, citing health issues.

The two suspects, as well as their two sons – 24 and 27 years of age – are also both in jail for charges of importing, possession, selling firearms and for money laundering.

The Public Prosecutor of St. Maarten, officers of the Detective Collaboration Team (RST) and the Judge of Instruction carried out house searches on Wednesday March 16 in Dutch Quarter and on the French side with the assistance of the police and the French gendarmerie. At the same time, prison staff carried out a cell search in Pointe Blanche. The Customs Department also joined the action with two additional inspections.

Officers found weapons and close to $6,000 for which the suspects did not have a good explanation. They have been in custody since the house searches.

The case will go to court on October 5, until that time, the suspects remain in jail.

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