Even though a 24 hours curfew until further notice went into effect prior to the passing of hurricane “Maria”, to safeguard the safety and security of the community, numerous persons did not respect this measure and ventured out on the public streets anyhow.
As a result hereof on Wednesday September 20th, at approximately 09.45 a.m. a total 8 persons were arrested on the A.J.C. Brouwers road and Bush road for the violation of the curfew. One of these persons was also caught with a quantity of marihuana in his possession, ready for distribution. The marihuana was confiscated for further investigation. A female among the group is residing illegally on the island and was handed over to the Immigration Department.
All persons were taken to the Police Head Quarters in Philipsburg where they were lead before an Acting Prosecutor and then to taken through the entire process.
The Police Department continues to warn the entire community of the consequences when one violates a curfew. When arrested for violating a curfew you will be arrested, you will be taken to police station and you will be lead before an Acting prosecutor who will decide how the case will be handled further.
You can receive punishments such as a very hefty fine or many hours of community service without compensation among others. This whole process can take several hours and may cause unnecessary delays and inconveniences. Stay at home until the curfew is lifted