Crime

Two arrested for possession of marijuana

Two men have been arrested for possession of marijuana and narcotic related offences during a road traffic exercise conducted in Four Roads.

According to police reports, during the exercise, officers intercepted a silver SUV at Victoria Avenue, Diego Martin and upon searching the vehicle and its two occupants, the officers discovered a quantity of high-grade marijuana, marijuana in liquid form and several devices/apparatuses for the illicit use of the narcotics.

Cops rescue 6 Venezuelan women

Six Venezue­lan women, be­tween the ages of 19 and 32, whom po­lice be­lieve were vic­tims of a hu­man traf­fick­ing ring have been res­cued from a home in Diego Mar­tin by of­fi­cers of the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Re­sponse Team (SORT) and as­sist­ed by sev­er­al oth­er law en­force­ment agen­cies.

Dur­ing the ex­er­cise on Sat­ur­day night, a 51-year-old Trinida­di­an man, a 33-year-old Venezue­lan na­tion­al and two Venezue­lan women ages 21 and 24 were ar­rest­ed and tak­en to the Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion in Port-of-Spain.

Central Division cops link SORT to ammo find

Five po­lice of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing two se­nior of­fi­cers, of the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion are now the sub­ject of a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter they al­leged­ly tried to fab­ri­cate ev­i­dence against four se­nior mem­bers of the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Re­sponse Team (SORT).

The in­ci­dent comes on the heels of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the elite unit con­cern­ing al­le­ga­tions of bribery and leak­ing sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion against Cen­tral Di­vi­sion of­fi­cers.

Air pistol recovered at Tobago Secondary School

An air pistol was recovered by officers of the Shirvan Road Police Station following a search at the Tobago Secondary School.

According to police reports, the air pistol is the same weapon seen in the possession of students in a viral social media video.

In the video, teenaged boys were seen holding and playing with the air pistol.

Custodial staff discovered the .177 air pistol in a classroom under a desk at the Secondary School around 5:00 pm on June 27th and notified the principal.

Drugs and ammunition seized at WASA regional office in Tacarigua

PHOTO: Abraham Diaz 

Police officers locked down the WASA regional office in Tacarigua this morning and recovered a quantity of drugs and ammunition.

Sources say a team of officers from the Northern Division along with K-9 Unit went to the compound after receiving a tip-off that there were drugs stashed on the compound.

During the search, police recovered two bags containing marijuana and a quantity of ammunition hidden at the bottom of a mango tree.

The illegal items were removed.

No one was arrested.

Reporter: Mark Bassant 

Claxton Bay man gets $1 m after false charges

For the third time in less than two years, tax­pay­ers have been forced to com­pen­sate a man from Clax­ton Bay, who claimed to have been re­peat­ed­ly tar­get­ed by a group of po­lice of­fi­cers.

Mark Vic­tor Ha­gley, of South­ern Main Road, Clax­ton Bay, re­ceived his lat­est award on Thurs­day as High Court Mas­ter Sher­lanne Pierre grant­ed him $200,000 in com­pen­sa­tion over an in­ci­dent in 2010.

New police body wants Gary to hold hand on polygraph, drug tests

Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Grif­fith may al­ready be fac­ing a chal­lenge from the new Po­lice So­cial and Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion as it re­lates to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of his poly­graph and drug test­ing pol­i­cy.

As part of the over­all plan to pro­tect the bor­ders, Grif­fith an­nounced plans to is­sue poly­graph and ran­dom drug tests to of­fi­cers sta­tioned along the South West­ern penin­su­la com­menc­ing next week.

He said this is to en­sure that no of­fi­cer can com­pro­mise the an­ti-crime ef­forts.

Two more murders recorded

A 31-year-old work­er of the Port of Spain City Cor­po­ra­tion was shot dead while pur­chas­ing break­fast from a ven­dor in the cap­i­tal city on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, the in­ci­dent oc­curred at the cor­ner of Quar­ry and Ob­ser­va­to­ry Streets, at about 7 am.

Po­lice said David Parag of Gilkes Street, St James, had just placed his or­der of a sand­wich when the armed man walked up to him.

Parag made an at­tempt to run away from the gun­man who opened fire on him and then calm­ly walked away.

Burglars steal critical medicine from hospital

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars worth of crit­i­cal med­ica­tion for pa­tients, in­clud­ing those with ter­mi­nal ill­ness­es such as can­cer, have been stolen from the phar­ma­cy at the St James Med­ical Com­plex (SJMC).

In an im­me­di­ate re­sponse to this “tragedy” that struck the health in­sti­tu­tion, act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at the North West Re­gion­al Health (NWRHA), Ter­ron Gilchrist con­demned the act and ques­tioned, “Why would some­one want to take God out of their thoughts and steal med­i­cine for the sur­vival of sick peo­ple?”

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