Published On: Wed, Dec 12th, 2012

Defense Employees arrested for drug trafficking

WILLEMSTAD – The Royal Military Police on Curacao arrested a 48-year-old civilian employee of Defense and a 23-year-old militiaman on suspected violations of the Opium Act. This was stated by the Public Prosecutor (OM).

The arrests were already done on Monday. Both men are employed at the naval barracks in Parera. The militiaman and the civilian employee are suspected of the traffickinig of drugs to the Netherlands through the military post. “It happens more often that drugs are smuggled through parcels,” according to Norman Serphos, OM spokesperson. “It Is the first time though that we encounter this at military post in Curacao.” The investigation will be done by the Caribbean Brigade of the military police, under responsibility of the Public Prosecutor Curacao.

This investigation will not be much different from cases in which regular citizens are arrested. According to Serphos it is true that the military may be suspended pending the trial. If he actually gets convicted, then he will return to the Netherlands and exempt from conscription.

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