Willemstad/Philipsburg:--- Custom Officers in Curacao found several firearms in two separate bags that were among the passengers luggages on DAE flight 9H 981 from St. Maarten to Curacao on Thursday. Sources in Curacao said the bags in which the firearms were found did not have any tags or marks to indicate who the owners were.
The source further stated that Customs in Curacao do not believe the bags were checked in through the regular check in process on St. Maarten, instead they believe a customs officer might be the culprit that took the bags directly to the aircraft. Custom officers in Curacao and St. Maarten are busy investigating the case.
Up to late Thursday afternoon at least seven persons were being questioned about the discovery of the firearms. Those questioned both on St. Maarten and Curacao were ground handlers of Menzies. SMN News learnt that Curacao detectives are leading the investigation.
Head of Customs on St. Maarten Anthony Doran confirmed that two bags of weapons were found on a flight that left St. Maarten to Curacao on Thursday. Doran said the investigation is being conducted by St. Maarten and Curacao. The Customs Head who finds himself in the hot seat said he prefers to remain tightlipped on the investigation. Doran said he was not aware that Custom Officers are being considered suspects in the ongoing investigation.