Grenades, illegal monkeys seized in Point

Po­lice raid­ed a house in Point Fortin and ar­rest­ed a man af­ter seiz­ing two live hand grenades and four white-front­ed ca­puchin mon­keys be­lieved to have been smug­gled in from the Venezue­lan main­land.

The 28-year-old sus­pect, who works part-time as a rig­ger and fish­er­men, is now un­der in­ter­ro­ga­tion at the Pe­nal Po­lice sta­tion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said around 7.10 pm Wednes­day, a par­ty of of­fi­cers from the South West­ern Di­vi­sion­al Task Force, led by Sgt Shel­don Ablacks­ingh and in­clud­ing Cpl Har­riper­sad, Actg Cpl Singh, Actg Cpl Marsh and PC Ajai Jaglal, went to TNA Road, Num­ber 2 in Point Fortin where they ex­e­cut­ed a search.

The mon­keys were found in a cage mea­sur­ing about two feet by four feet and ap­peared de­hy­drat­ed.

With­in hours of the raid, one of the mon­keys died.

The grenades were found in a room of the house.

Po­lice said the sus­pect will be charged for pos­ses­sion of pro­hib­it­ed weapons and of pro­tect­ed an­i­mals with­out a per­mit.

The charges will be laid by Game War­den Steve Seep­er­sad and Jaglal. In­ves­ti­ga­tors said the sus­pect will ap­pear be­fore a Point Fortin Mag­is­trate on Fri­day to an­swer the charges.

- Radhica De Silva

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