Young: Gang arrests disrupted potential danger

The ar­rests of sev­er­al men re­put­ed to be gang lead­ers last week was done to “dis­rupt” a po­ten­tial­ly haz­ardous out­come, ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young.

Over the course of last week, Cedric “Burkie” Burke, his son Reval­do Burke, Akani “Dole” Adams, An­ton “Boom­bay” Boney and Quin­cy Fe­lix were ar­rest­ed un­der the An­ti-Gang Act and sub­se­quent­ly re­leased af­ter lawyers filed a writ of habeas cor­pus on their be­half.

POS gang war spirals out of control again - police fear for innocent

The in­crease of mur­ders and gun vi­o­lence in the Sea Lots, East Port-of-Spain and Care­nage is now be­lieved to be di­rect­ly linked to the on­go­ing gang ri­val­ry be­tween two main gangs—the Ras­ta City and the Mus­lims.

How­ev­er, po­lice in the Port-of-Spain and West­ern Di­vi­sions fear that the lev­el of the vi­o­lence is in­creas­ing to lev­els where women and the in­no­cent are be­ing sense­less­ly killed in at­tacks to send “strong mes­sages” to those on ei­ther side of the turf war.

US Ambassador to launch project steering youth away from gangs

New United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Mondello, will on Thursday launch a project to empower youth with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and life skills, expose them to positive role models and mentors, and reduce the attractiveness of radicalism and gang membership by offering them hope and opportunity. 

The project will be launched at the Success Laventille Secondary School, 35 Eastern Main Road, Laventille.

The US Embassy says the project is a collaboration between the School, US/TT Alumni Association, and the U.S. Embassy.

Police: Gangs recruiting teens to hide weapons, drugs

Police are closely monitoring a disturbing trend whereby gangs are recruiting teenagers to conceal their illegal weapons and narcotics.

The trend was revealed by acting Superintendent Gary Edwards, of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU) while speaking at the weekly police press briefing at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

Edwards said, “A trend has been noted whereby members of several organised criminal groups are using persons without criminal records, especially teenagers, to keep their illegal items for them.”