PHILIPSBURG/WILLEMSTAD–Checkmate Security owner O’neal Arrindell, the main suspect in the Emerald investigation, remains in pre-trial detention. His detention was prolonged for eight days last week Tuesday.
The Judge of Instruction in Curaçao decided to extend Meyers’ detention by another eight days. He is presently being held in a detention centre in Curaçao because his company secures the Pointe Blanche prison in St. Maarten.
Arrindell was arrested on Monday, November 28, on suspicion of money-laundering, forgery, tax fraud and illegal firearm possession. The special Anti-Corruption Taskforce TBO of the Kingdom Detective Cooperation Team RST, together with the National Detectives Agency St. Maarten and under the supervision of an Investigating Judge searched a total of seven premises, including Meyers’ house, the offices of Port St. Maarten and at the security company.
Documents, digital data carriers and a firearm were confiscated during the searches. Five cars, a number of bank accounts, a yacht and the suspect’s house also were seized. The authorities in Anguilla, based on a request of St. Maarten authorities, also seized property and bank accounts of the suspect in Anguilla.
The investigation is still ongoing and possible new arrests and/or searches cannot be excluded, according to the Prosecutor’s Office. Orders to recover proceeds of crimes fit within the new policy of the Prosecutor’s Office, which will be submitting more of such claims.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/62106-arrindell-s-detention-extended-in-curacao