Video 1 Justice Minister Richardson happy that illegal hawkers harassing tourists rounded up. Businesses fined, undocumented detained
𝐈𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭, 𝐊𝐏𝐒𝐌, 𝐂𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐓 & 𝐕𝐒𝐀 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐒𝐭. 𝐏𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐚
Philipsburg – The Immigration and Border Protection Services (IBP), the Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM), Customs Sint Maarten, and the Inspectorates of TEATT and VSA carried out multidisciplinary joint controls with results in the St. Peters area last evening, February 5, 2022. The joint efforts are carried out as overall controls for residence and work permits, illegal substances and business licenses.
During the multidisciplinary joint controls, two bars and one supermarket were fined for irregularities in their business documentation. Two lottery booths were also closed for the same reason. Additionally, the management of three of these businesses was summoned to the Ministry of TEATT on Monday, February 7, 2022. A total of 8 illegal persons were held in the operation and brought in for further investigations.
In accordance with Article 11.3 of the guidelines which is law, a valid form of identification is required when out in public. Individuals of the public must have a means or way of identifying themselves when approached by authorities. Failure to identify oneself to the authorities is a misdemeanor offense and may result in being fined or incarcerated.
The multidisciplinary team is executing their duties by law and reiterating that the joint controls will continue throughout various communities. The various agencies mentioned are advising persons and businesses alike to ensure that all business-related documents required by law are in place; whether it is a business license or work and residence permits. The multidisciplinary team would like to thank the community for their support and cooperation.