PHILIPSBURG:— The KPSM Alpha Team consisting of members of the Police Force, the Immigration Department the Royal Marechaussee and Customs Department as of late has been very successful in intercepting persons illegally coming into or traveling through Sint Maarten via the Princess Juliana International. On Tuesday, September 18th this team joined forces with other law enforcement partners such as the K-9 Unit, the Coastguard, the French P.A.F., and the Maritime Inspection and held a joint control at the three busiest harbor entry points in Great Bay.
The main focus points of this control were to control and combat border crossing crime and criminal activity, human trafficking- and human-smuggling, illegal firearm and drugs.
The controls started at approximately 08.00 a.m. and continued until 04.30 p.m. During these controls a total of 26 vessels were controlled. The vessels consisted of cargo-vessels, ferry-boats, sailing vessels, and jet-skis’. This control was very successful and more controls are scheduled to take place.
KPSM Press Release
Source: St. Martin News Network http://www.smn-news.com/st-maarten-st-martin-news/30128-large-scale-joint-control.html