Ministry issues reminder on money laundering charges

The Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty is warn­ing cit­i­zens not to at­tempt to re­place their ill-gained funds with clean mon­ey as the coun­try tran­si­tions from old to new $100 notes.

In a state­ment is­sued Tues­day, the Min­istry re­mind­ed cit­i­zens of pro­vi­sions of the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act Chap­ter 11:27 as amend­ed.

Regiment Personnel Charged with Shooting with Intent

A  member  of  the  Trinidad  and  Tobago  Regiment  is  expected  to appear  before  a  Port  of  Spain  Magistrate  today,  charged  with multiple  offences,  including  shooting  with  intent  to  do  grievous bodily harm.

JAMAL BLAKE, of San Juan, is also charged with possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm to endanger life and  possession of ammunition to endanger life, arising out  of  an  incident  which  occurred  on  Wednesday  4 December 2019, in the San Juan district.

Two Venezuelans shot within a three-day period

Two Venezuelans were shot and wounded within a three-day period in two separate incidents.

In the latest incident, at about 4 am on Tuesday, a Venezuelan man was walking along Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook when a gunman approached him and attempted to rob him.

Police say the victim attempted to run away but was shot in the leg four times. The attacker then ran off.

The victim was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where he was treated and warded in a stable condition.

Suspect held minutes after robbing female victim in Diego Martin

Quick work by officers of the Four Roads Police Station resulted in the arrest of a bandit and the recovery of a quantity of cash, which had been stolen minutes earlier from a female victim in the Diego Martin district.

According to official police reports, the  victim  was  walking  along  the  walkover  of  the Diego Martin highway around 11:15am, on Tuesday 10 December 2019, when she was accosted by a man who grabbed a black bag containing  a  quantity  of  cash  from  her. 

The  man  then  made  his escape on foot into Cuthbert Circular.

Woman's body identified

The woman whose body was found in Cunupia last week has been positively identified as 26-year-old Jana-Marie Moore, of Phase 6, La Horquetta.

The body was identified by Moore’s father at the Forensic Science Centre in St James on Tuesday.

Last Thursday, at about 2.15 pm, police officers received an anonymous call about the body.

They went to the location where they found the body in some bushes about 20 feet off from Ramcharitar Trace.

The woman's body bore multiple gunshot wounds to the face and upper body, and her hands were bound and her mouth gagged.

Man killed in Trou Macaque, Laventille

Investigations are continuing into the motive behind yesterday’s killing of Jmari Villaruel, in Troumacaque in Laventille.

The incident reportedly occurred at 5:30 p.m. Reports are that the victim was ambushed as he was liming at Hitler Trace, and was shot multiple times.

Police said that Jmari Villaruel, also known as "Pokey", hailed from Beetham Gardens and was well known by law enforcement. 

No arrest has been made and investigations are continuing.

An autopsy is expected to be performed on Jmari Villaruel today, at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.

Rajaee Ali’s father in police custody

The father of Dana Seetahal murder accused—Rajaee Ali—is said to be in police custody, following his arrest last night.

Sources close to the investigation told Guardian Media that a special unit of the TTPS, acting on information received relative to alleged gang-related activities in the Carapo district, went to the home of Imam Hassan Ali, where he was arrested.

Sources say he currently is being questioned in relation to the alleged gang-related activities.

Four Held by SORT for Gang-Related Activities

Four  persons  were  arrested  on  suspicion  of  being  involved  in  gang related activities this morning, by  officers  of  the  Special  Operations Response Team (SORT).

According to official police reports, at about 5:30am, SORT officers, with help from the Canine Branch, were conducting an anti-crime exercise conducted in the D’Abadie  district. They were executing several  search  warrants  were executed at different homes for illegal firearms and ammunition.

Venezuelan Arrested with Gun and Ammo

One  Venezuelan  national  was  detained  by  officers  of  the Emergency Response Patrol Unit,  during  an anti-crime  exercise, last evening.

According to official police reports, whilst  on  patrol  along   Debe  Main  Road, officers PC Charles and PC Tambie had cause to  search  a  Venezuelan  national.

The officers found  in  his possession, one Beretta pistol with 6  rounds 9mm ammunition.

Officers  seized  the  gun  and  ammunition  and  the  suspect  was arrested and taken to the Barrackpore Police Station.

Enquiries are continuing.