Yesterday, Attorney General Arnand Ramlogan confirmed that a suspected co-conspirator of Dino Bouterse, the son of Suriname’s President who has appeared on cocaine smuggling charges in the US, has been arrested in Trinidad and will be extradited to New York to face prosecution.
Edmund Quincy Muntslag was named in an indictment in a federal court in the Southern District of New York and is wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges. Muntslag was held in Trinidad two weeks ago while Bouterse was arrested in Panama on the same day. He was arrested by officials of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Interdiction Bureau and is believed to have entered Trinidad on August 29 in transit to another country.
The indictment claims that Muntslag travelled to Suriname on 25 July 2013 to arrange the transport of ten kilos of cocaine to the US. On July 27, according to the indictment, Bouterse “caused a suitcase containing ten kilos of cocaine to be transported from Suriname to the Caribbean on board a commercial flight.”
The US Attorney’s Office confirmed that Muntslag was arrested in Trinidad and charged with drug trafficking however AG Ramlogan would provide no additional details.
Muntlsag appeared in local courts on 30 August. He was unrepresented and requested the services of a translator. At present, he is being detained at the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca where security has been heightened.