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Dino Bouterse, son of Surinames president,

charged in U.S. with trafficking cocaine


An indictment unsealed in federal court in Manhattan charged that Dino Bouterse, 40, was armed
with a rocket launcher while smuggling coke into the U.S.
BY DANIEL BEEKMAN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013, 2:00 PM
EDWARD TROON/AP
Dino Bouterse, son of Suriname President Desi Bouterse, has been charged in a federal court in
New York with smuggling cocaine into the United States.
The son of an infamous South American president armed himself with a rocket launcher while
smuggling cocaine into the United States, federal prosecutors said Friday.
Dino Bouterse, 40, whose father, Desi Bouterse, was elected leader of Suriname in 2010 despite
being a convicted drug trafficker and accused murderer, will be arraigned Friday afternoon in
Manhattan federal court, authorities said.
We dont have information regarding that matter, and my ambassador is not in, said Brian Dors,
administrative officer at Surinames permanent mission in New York.
The younger Bouterse conspired with an associate, Edmund Quincy Muntslag, also known as
Blue, to import coke between December 2011 and this month, according to an indictment.
Muntslag made arrangements on July 25 at an airport in Suriname to transport 10 kilograms of the
drug, the indictment says.
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Two days later, Bouterse put the coke, packed inside a suitcase, onto an outbound commercial
flight, according to the indictment.
It was unclear Friday the exact route the drugs took to reach the U.S. But the indictment says the
defendants distributed the coke knowing that such a substance would be imported into the United
States from a place outside thereof, and into waters within a distance of 12 miles of the coast of the
United States.
Bouterse is charged with drug trafficking and brandishing arms in furtherance of that crime, while
Muntslag is charged only with trafficking. They both face maximum sentences of up to life in prison
if they are convicted, authorities said.
The elder Bouterse, 62, was the military dictator of Suriname from 1980 to 1987 and has been
accused of ordering his soldiers to execute 15 dissenters in 1982.
He was convicted in absentia in the Netherlands in 1999 of trafficking 474 kilograms of cocaine and
is reportedly still a wanted man in Europe.
But he has remained free in his own country.
Suriname, a small nation of under 600,000 people located on the Caribbean coast of South
America, is a former Dutch colony.
dbeekman@nydailynews.com
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