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Surinamese President Bouterse’s son to appear in US Court charged with Drug Trafficking

Dino BouterseThe US DEA is accusing Dino Bouterse, the son of the Surinamese President Desi Bouterse, of trafficking in over ten kilos of cocaine in a suitcase on a Commercial airline in the Caribbean in July.

Bouterse was scheduled to appear in Manhattan Federal Court this afternoon, August 30, 2013. Dino Bouterse was arrested yesterday by law enforcement agents in Panama. The Americans are saying in court documents, that Bouterse may have been involved in arms and drug trafficking with another Surinamese national, 29-year-old Edmund Quincy Muntslag aka Blue and others known and unknown.

The other defendant Muntslag was arrested in Trinidad and Tobago. The Young Bouterse who has had a previous brush with the law in Suriname, was allegedly involved in the shipment of the suitcase and brandished a firearm while conducting the alleged illegal business that led to his arrest.

His father, the President, today took over the Chairmanship of the UNASUR and hosted a successful festival of Carifesta (Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts) last week in Suriname. The Netherlands Authorities convicted Desi Bouterse of drug charges and the US government arrested and charged at least one member of his inner circle several years ago. When Bouterse was elected President he was cloaked with international immunity and traveled to various countries. Bouterse’s son, Dino, was suspected of trafficking arms to drug connected gangs in Guyana at one time.

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