Twelve prisons officers are among 21 people who have been arrested so far this year for attempting to smuggle in contraband items into the nation’s prisons.
The latest arrest came on Wednesday when a Prison Officer I with five years' service was arrested at the Golden Grove Remand Yard trying to smuggle in over 400 handmade cigarettes, three cellphones with sim cards and a quantity of marijuana. The arrest was made at about 3.30 pm by special officers assigned to the Operations Unit.
Packaged marijuana, with an estimated street value of TT$110,000 was found by North Division Task Force (NDTF) officers on mobile patrol in Piarco, last night.
According to police reports, acting on information received, the officers attached to the NDTF Area Central headed to a bushy area on the outskirts of the old Piarco International Airport, where they found two duffle-bags filled with 32 packets containing marijuana.
The drug weighs approximately 11 kilogrammes. PC Elliott, of NDTF Area Central, will be leading enquiries into the matter.
Four of the five people arrested in connection with a $15 m drug bust in the upscale residential district of Westmoorings on Tuesday will be charged for possession of illegal drugs with the intent to traffick.
Krystiana Sankar, the former step-daughter of National Security Minister Stuart Young, will face additional charges of possession of a loaded .38 revolver which was recovered from a safe in her bedroom at the Regents Gardens apartment.
It seems fruits are now the preferred choice to have smuggle contraband items into the nation’s prisons.
On Wednesday, a 22-year-old Kelly Village, Caroni man was arrested by prison officers at the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca attempting to smuggle in four apples stuffed with packets of marijuana with a total weight of weighing 88 grams.
A Cunupia businessman who has been charged in connection with the seizure of large quantities of drug and weapons during an anti-crime operation, appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate today.
Jerome Olliverre, 28, a businessman of Macaya Trace, Monroe Road, Cunupia, was charged with two counts of possession of dangerous drugs for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession of firearms and one count of possession of ammunition, when he appeared before Chaguanas Magistrate Brian Debideen.
Police have made another major drug bust, this one in Sangre Grande.
The full details of the bust are not yet clear but reports indicate that police journeyed deep into the forest of Sangre Grande where they made the find.
The bust was done by the Eastern Divisional Task Force.
The drugs were found in several plastic barrels.
The following photos were part of the bust.