Fifteen months in prison for importing 15.5 kg of marijuana
At the end of July 2020, a then 27-year-old man was arrested by customs officers for importing 12.55 kilos of marijuana;the narcotics were in barrels placed in a container unloaded at the port of Philipsburg.The individual was prosecuted but acquitted by the Sint Maarten court of first instance.The prosecutor had appealed the decision;a second trial took place.
The individual maintained his version: he was approached by someone he did not know to pick up packages at the port, packages that were shipped in his name. “I didn’t ask any more questions, because I needed the money. The people I dealt with were not people to ask questions. In fact, I knew those weren’t the right things,” he explained. “I think I went there twice with a rental car and the other times with my…
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