Suriname national appears in court charged with possession of drugs

Date: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 16:15

Bernadette Astrid Silvana Van Zichem, 36, a Surinamese national appeared in an Arima Magistrate Court today charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

The following is a press release from the TTPS: 

A Surinamese national appeared before an Arima Magistrate today, charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, after being held by officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU), at the Piarco International Airport, yesterday. 

BERNADETTE ASTRID SILVANA VAN ZICHEM, 36, an electrician, of Suriname, appeared in the Arima 3rd Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday 6th December, 2017, and the matter adjourned to tomorrow.

The accused was held by officers of the OCIU, around 7:55am, on Tuesday 5th December, 2017, at the airport, as she prepared to board flight BW412 to Barbados. She was in transit from Suriname.

A search of her suitcase resulted in 4.78 kilogrammes of cocaine with an estimated street value of $1,912,000 and 14.14 kilogrammes of high-grade marijuana, with an estimated street value of $1,267,707, being discovered concealed inside.

VAN ZICHEM, was charged by officers of the OCIU, on Tuesday 5th December, 2017.

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