Last Monday, Waterkant.net reported that Suriname authorities helped with the investigation surrounding the crew of the fishing boot Miss Emaila, which was later found to be loaded with drugs. Suriname president Dési Bouterse said that the arrest of the crew was proof that the international community has faith in the efforts that Suriname is making to fight against international drug trade. The arrests were made by authorities from the Canary Islands. Bouterse claims that the arrests wouldn't have been made if Suriname hadn't been involved with the investigation. He points out that the Miss Emaila wouldn't have been on the radar of the Canary Islands authorities if Suriname hadn't shared important "intel" that they had gather when the boot was docked in a Suriname harbor.
After working on one successful international drug operation, Bouterse believes that he should receive recognition from the international community. During the annual address to the Suriname Parliament, Bouterse said that the joint operation was "...worthy of a 'congratulations' [from the international community]." In August, the Telegraph reported that Dino Bouterse (son of Dési Bouterse), director of Suriname's anti-terrorism unit, was arrested in Panama by local authorities. He was later turned over to United States agents. A US federal indictment alleges that Dino worked with Edmund Quincy Muntslag a.k.a "Blue" to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. starting in or about December of 2011. Dino was apprehended with a suitcase filled with 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of cocaine and an anti-tank weapon aboard a commercial flight from Suriname to the Caribbean in late July of this year. The indictment states that Dino was attempting to smuggle the drugs into the U.S.
"We have taken it upon ourselves to take on the responsibility of combating transnational crime," said Bouterse to the Suriname Parliament members. In September, nrc.nl reported that the United States Drug Enforcement Agency has obtained hard evidence proving that Suriname President Dési Bouterse was in direct contact with the regions top convicted drug trafficker, Roger Khan. Khan's telephone records show Bouterse's cell phone number listed numerous times. The phone calls took place towards the end of 2005 until mid-June of 2006. In June of 2006 Khan was arrested in the capitol of Suriname, Paramaribo, on suspicion of drug trafficking. Khan was found guilty of smuggling large amounts of cocaine and was sentenced in 2009 to serve a 40 year prison sentence.
Bouterse is making a strong attempt at drawing more tourist to Suriname by hosting events such as the Carifesta. He believes that this is a way to highlight the countries ethnic diversity, rainforest, capitol city of Paramaribo and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Dutch colonial architecture. Nieuws.nl reported that Bouterse has fired a total of 10 ministers within the three years that he has been in office. They also report that a large number of deputy ministers and directors of public enterprises have been fired or have quit. It seems as if Bouterse is cleaning ship, removing the people that don't believe in the vision that he has for Suriname.
DJ Chuckie was decorated as 'Commander of the Honorary Order of the Yellow Star' by Bouterse. DJ Chuckie lives in Aruba but was born in Suriname and travels to the country regularly. Bouterse had DJ Chuckie brought to Suriname to DJ at the "Carifesta" opening ceremony.
Bouterse is planning on running for reelection in 2015. His opposition has been publicly ridiculing him concerning these current revelations and his tainted past as a dictator.