PHILIPSBURG:--- On Wednesday morning March 15, 2017 the suspect B.M.B. (44 ) born in Aruba had been detained in the Ostrich-investigation. She is suspected of bribery and human smuggling and is the fifth employee of the immigration service to be arrested in this investigation.
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.
Last week a fifth suspect of the immigration service was detained. Also a lawyer was arrested in connection with the Ostrich-investigation. The investigation continues.
Public Prosecutor's Office Press Release
The immigration officer that was arrested on Wednesday morning has been identified as Brunella Bandin, who is a shift leader at the immigration department.