Prosecution wants $100,000 from four human smugglers

POSTED: 10/25/12 12:21 PM

St. Maarten – The prosecution wants to seize $100,000 from four members of a criminal organization that carried illegals from St. Maarten to US territory in 2010. During one of these transports, on December 5, 2010 the Jesus La, a small boat carrying illegals, sank near St. Thomas and 8 passengers drowned.
Cab driver Erol Montgomery Bolan (66) was sentenced to 4 years and 10 months in December 2011; Jean Journel Cobite (52) was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months, Pierre Josias Neus (38) to 30 months and Louis Saint Marc (64) to 4 years and 10 months. Saint Marc was later also sentenced to 20 weeks for perjury.
Yesterday the defendants appeared briefly in court. The prosecution wants to seize $28,000 from Bolan, $27,000 from both Cobite and Saint Marc and $18,000 from Neus. It considers these amounts the illegal profits the gang members earned through their criminal activities.
The cases were however postponed until November 22, because the attorney for the four defendants, mr. Shaira Bommel, needs more time to prepare her defense.

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