Another suspect detained in Ostrich-investigation  

On Wednesday morning, February 22, 2017 the suspect B.B. (..) has been arrested in the Ostrich-investigation. She is suspected of bribing one or  more immigration officials and human smuggling. The arrest is part of a lengthy investigation that has been ongoing since April 2016, code-named Ostrich.

It concerns an investigation carried out by the Unit Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling  of the St. Maarten Police Force, KPSM into illegal admittance of amongst others Jamaicans, Haitians and Guyanese.

On January 17, 2017 two employees of the immigration service, K.L.M.B.  and A.A.D. were already arrested in the same investigation. Before that another employee of the immigration service, J.M. was arrested on November 14, 2016. They are suspected of human smuggling, bribery and abuse of their post. All three employees of the immigration service are still detained.

 J.M.’s partner, D.F. who was also arrested has been released from pre-trial detention. He remains a suspect in the ongoing investigation. The investigation continues.