Marechaussee arrests 7 soldiers in Curaçao on suspicion of drug use

In an ongoing investigation in Curaçao, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee has arrested seven soldiers suspected of possession and use of narcotics. The seven men are suspected of possession and use of, among other things, cocaine, the Marechaussee reports.

Last week, a 33-year-old resident of Curaçao was arrested after a joint investigation by the local police and the Marechaussee. The man is suspected of drug trafficking in entertainment venues, to civilians and soldiers, and according to the Marechaussee maintained contact with the seven soldiers who were arrested today. Traces of cocaine were subsequently found in the bedrooms of the men at the army base, a spokesperson said. The men are between 22 and 40 years old.

More arrests are not ruled out

The investigation is now being continued by the military policing team of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, led by the Public Prosecution Service in Curaçao. More arrests are not ruled out. It is customary on the island for the Marechaussee to work with the local police to combat drug use and trafficking in the entertainment areas, the spokesperson said. Curaçao has about 155,000 inhabitants, including several hundred Dutch soldiers.