Crime

Police destroy $3m worth of marijuana

Marijuana trees worth approximately TT$3 million were destroyed by officers of the South Western Division Task Force during a marijuana eradication exercise conducted in Point Fortin yesterday.

Officers conducted the exercise on October 15th, during which they proceeded to a bushy area off the Point Fortin Field Road, where they conducted a search.

The search resulted in the officers finding 3,000 fully grown marijuana trees and 1,200 seedlings.

The plants were subsequently uprooted and destroyed. Investigations are ongoing. 

Tobago man sentenced five years for robbery

A 39-year-old Tobago man has been sentenced to 5 years hard labour after being charged for Shop Breaking and Larceny.

Fidel Skeete of Skeete Trace, Golden Grove Road, Buccoo received the sentence after he appeared before Magistrate Andriana Cedeno, in the Scarborough Magistrate 1st Court on October 9th.

'Sunday' to appear in court today

Akido Williams aka ‘Sunday’, who turned himself in to police earlier this month, is expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with counselling a gang leader in accordance with Section 9(b) of the Anti-Gang Act, No. 1 of 2018.

Williams, 39, of Basilon Street, Port of Spain, was charged with the offence on October 15th, by officers of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), following advice received from Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions George Busby, on that same date.

Elder criticises investigator

Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing one of the five men on tri­al for kid­nap­ping and mur­der­ing busi­ness­man Dr Ed­ward Koury have sought to dis­cred­it the State’s main crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tor, who al­leged­ly found Koury’s blood on his cloth­ing and his fin­ger­prints on a get­away car. 

Former TLM Resident: ‘Abuse and licks for demons’

Se­nior po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors tasked with in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties at the Trans­formed Life Min­istry Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre say they will now be look­ing in­to fresh al­le­ga­tions of abuse at the fa­cil­i­ty.

This af­ter one of four per­sons pre­vi­ous­ly housed there, who were not part of the group re­suced last week, claimed that dur­ing his two-year stay he was abused by sev­er­al peo­ple.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say this and oth­er al­le­ga­tions made by sev­er­al oth­er peo­ple once housed there will be “thor­ough­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ed.”

Faith bodies being used in human trafficking

Faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions and oth­er agen­cies are us­ing their le­git­i­mate fronts across the world to con­duct il­lic­it ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing.

That was the rev­e­la­tion made by for­mer Fed­er­al Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (FBI) agent Robert Clark, who spoke via Skype at yes­ter­day’s week­ly po­lice brief­ing con­fer­ence as he gave con­text to the po­lice raid at the Trans­formed Life Min­istry Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre—in which 69 peo­ple were res­cued, some found in cages—last Wednes­day.

Faith bodies being used in human trafficking

Faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions and oth­er agen­cies are us­ing their le­git­i­mate fronts across the world to con­duct il­lic­it ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing.

That was the rev­e­la­tion made by for­mer Fed­er­al Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (FBI) agent Robert Clark, who spoke via Skype at yes­ter­day’s week­ly po­lice brief­ing con­fer­ence as he gave con­text to the po­lice raid at the Trans­formed Life Min­istry Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre—in which 69 peo­ple were res­cued, some found in cages—last Wednes­day.

Two held for possession of forged US Currency

Two men were arrested and a quantity of forged US Currency seized, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Tunapuna district last week.

During the exercise, which was conducted at about 11 pm on Thursday October 10, officers of the Special Branch and the Northern Division, intercepted a vehicle with a lone male occupant along the Eastern Main Road in Tunapuna.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the officers finding $1,200 of forged US currency in the man’s possession.

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