Pre-trial detention of arrested twins extended by eight days



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Here we can see the Heyliger’s brothers (Twins) leaving the courthouse on Friday after they saw the Judge of instruction. Photo by Gromyko Wilson /

PELICAN, Sint Maarten — The Acting Prosecutor has extended the pre-trial detention of the two men arrested in Pelican on Monday for possession of cocaine, marijuana and two illegal firearms.

Press Prosecutor Karola van Nie said on Thursday that the detention has been extended by eight days. The men are expected to appear before the Judge of Instruction today, Friday.

The two men, both 25-years-old, are said to be twins and the sons of a local businessman and related to a prominent family on the island.

The two were arrested during a control on Ruby Road in Pelican around 7:00pm on Monday, September 14. Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson said in a press release at the time, that during an investigation conducted by the Multi-Disciplinary Team on Ruby Road in Pelican, a dark coloured Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in which two men were driving was stopped for driving at a very high speed.

When the officers approached the vehicle they noticed that the driver was behaving “quite suspicious” and tried to hide something under his seat.

When officers searched the vehicle, they found a pouch containing an amount of marijuana and cocaine which was confiscated.

Two pistols were also found in the vehicle and confiscated for further investigation.

Both suspects were arrested on the spot and taken to the Philipsburg Police Headquarters.