Surinamese national Muntslag extradited to US

The handover exercise was spearheaded by Superintendent McAlpin and other members of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB).

Muntslag, a 30-year-old businessman and father of one, was indicted in the New York Federal Court along with Dino Bouterse, son of Suriname’s president Desi Bouterse. Bouterse, in August of last year, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and seeking to provide Islamist militant group Hezbollah with a permanent South America base. He was sentenced to 16 years in a federal prison.

Munstlag was before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar, who presided over his extradition proceedings in the Eighth Magistrates’ Court in Port-of-Spain and ordered his extradition on January 8.

According to the US indictment, both Bouterse and Muntslag were accused of participating in the transportation of a suitcase with the drugs from Suriname to an unnamed Caribbean island aboard a commercial flight in July, 2013. Muntslag was arrested last year by officers of the OCNFB while shopping at Trincity Mall.

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