St. Maartener extradited to the US on drugs charges

POSTED: 11/21/14 11:39 AM

St. Maarten – Alex Rudolpho Antonio Reed bent over in despair yesterday afternoon after hearing that the Common Court of Justice has advised the governor that his extradition to the United States is permissible.

Reed, a 45-year-old St. Maartener, is wanted by the US for the distribution of “5 kilos of cocaine or more,” for importing the cocaine from St. Maarten to the United States and for transporting $12 million from Puerto Rico to St. Maarten.

The cocaine-charges stem according to the indictment from “a date unknown, but no later than in or about the year 2005” while the charge for transporting the money stems from 2009. Reed is among ten suspects mentioned in the indictments.

The Common Court handled the extradition request on November 6.

The charges amount to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance for import into the United States and to money laundering.

The court notes in its ruling that the charges violate the law in both St. Maarten and the United States and are punishable with prison sentences of more than one year. Reed and his attorney Brenda Brooks did not manage to convince the court of his innocence. The extradition request meets all formal requirements of the extradition treaty.

Another extradition request, against Jhon Henry Medina, met with a negative advice, because Medina has been sentenced in St. Maarten for a transport of close to 1,500 kilos of cocaine to 7 years and 4 months of imprisonment. His case is currently under review at the Supreme Court. Under those conditions, extradition to stand trial in another country for the same crime is not permissible.

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