Prosecution demands 10 years against leader drugs gang

POSTED: 10/27/14 5:07 PM

St. Maarten – Public Prosecutor Gonda van der Wulp demanded 10 years of imprisonment yesterday against Pershin D., the leader of a drugs gang that laundered around $300,000 and was caught in the possession of 3.8 kilos of cocaine and 47 rounds of live ammunition.

His girlfriend Renicia A. and his brother Darrell face 18 months of which 6 conditional with 2 years of probation and a fourth defendant, Mauricio D, is looking at a 6-month conditional prison sentence and 140 hours of community service. Judge Rick Smid will pronounce the verdicts on Thursday November 13.

The court case began Thursday at 9.30 a.m. and lasted the whole day until 4.30 p.m. The prosecution considers all defendants guilty of money laundering and membership of a criminal organization, but it dropped the charge of firearm possession against Renicia A.

The defendants denied everything. According to the prosecution, the money laundering mainly took place by buying a large number of cars for Renicia A.’s Fine Touch Car Rental. The investigation also brought a large number of money transfers to light from Canada and to Dominica.

The defendants claimed that the transfers to Dominica were for the support of the gang-leader’s grandmother. Pershin D. claimed that he had made a lot of money with his company Fine Cut Woodwork. His brother Darrell had an IT-company called D-Tech Solution’s that allegedly also used the services of Fine Cut.

The prosecution found however that both companies had negative assets and that this strengthened the suspicions about money laundering.

The attorneys Zylena Bary (for Mauricio D.) and Shaira Bommel (for the other three defendants) did not have a lot of good things to say about the investigation and the position of the prosecutor’s office in the case. They asked the court to declare the prosecution inadmissible and if that is denied, acquittals on all counts.

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