National Security

Richards: More prison breaks possible if judicial system isn't fixed

The expectation of more prison breaks in T&T in the future is like a ticking time bomb if the Judicial System is not reviewed and fixed soon.

This was the grave concern of the president of the Prison Officers Association (POA) Ceron Richards, during an interview on CNC3’s The Morning Brew Tuesday morning.

On the heels of May 15 prison break at the Golden Grove Remand Yard Prison in Arouca where eight prisoners escaped, Richards said before the many questions, there needs to be an examination of the scenario.

Bikers want better lighting after death of colleague

Motorcycle riders are calling on Government to install proper lighting and safety features at a round-about just south of the Mosquito Creek cremation site following the death of Robert Seales on Sunday.

Scores of motorcycle operators gathered at the roundabout and lit candles for the deceased on Monday night. 

Steve Ahlsen, the head of the Hood Riders Motorcycle Club, told Guardian Media that the roundabout was poorly constructed and is not visible until the last minute.

$14.6 million in weed destroyed in Biche

Police have destroyed marijuana trees and dried marijuana worth an estimated $14.6 million.

Officers of the Eastern Division conducted an eradication exercise in Biche on Friday when the drugs were found.

The exercise was coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Andy Belfon and included officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit and the Air Support Unit.

During the exercise, officers discovered four marijuana fields on approximately nine lots of land, which contained a total of 14,300 fully grown marijuana trees.

Young to Venezuelans: 'Don't allow anyone to talk you out of registering'

National Security Minister Stuart Young is sending a message to Venezuelan nationals in Trinidad and Tobago, "do not to listen" to those telling them to stay away from the registration process.

At a news conference in Port-of-Spain on Friday, Minister Young said that it is in their own interest, because when the registration process is done, the state will revert to enforcing the law of deporting persons who are here illegally.

He has made a fresh call for all Venezuelans, whether here legally or not, to come forward and register during the time-period May 31 to June 14.

Police recover arms, ammunition in Central exercise

Police officers have recovered illegal firearms along with live ammunition in an Intelligence-led operation in Central Trinidad on Thursday.

A 60-year-old man was also arrested for possession of cocaine during the said operation. 

According to a police report, between 11 am and  8 pm on Thursday a party of officers assigned to the Central Division's Task Force acted on information received and went to an open parcel of land at Onyx Drive, Carlsen Field, where they found a revolver and three rounds of ammunition hidden among the bushes.

Garcia: No need for panic over school threats

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia said pranksters will not be al­lowed to dis­rupt the ad­min­is­tra­tion of CSEC and CAPE ex­am­i­na­tions. Stricter se­cu­ri­ty mea­sures have been in­tro­duced fol­low­ing email mes­sages sent out overnight about bombs be­ing plant­ed at sev­er­al sec­ondary schools across the coun­try.

Speak­ing from his of­fice at the Ed­u­ca­tion Tow­er, Port-of-Spain, ear­li­er to­day Gar­cia as­sured stu­dents and par­ents that there is noth­ing to pan­ic about.

Police, soldiers search Laventille for escapees

Several arms of the law enforcement including the army spent several hours in Laventille this morning in an anti-crime exercise hoping to flush out escapees Denboe Olatungi and Michael Findlay.

The police including Port of Spain Task Force, Inter-Agency Task Force(IATF), Guard and Emergency Branch(GEB) searched homes concentrated in the Eastern Quarry, Laventille area for the wanted men after receiving information.

The search has so far turned up empty handed but one senior police source said they were not giving up and that they were hot in the heels of the men.

Escapees still on run one week later

One week after a major prison break at the Golden Grove Remand Yard in Arouca, the last two remaining prisoners remain on the run, police officers are continuing their searches leaning more, however, on intelligence as their only hope of a breakthrough.

A last major search for the escapees occurred in Laventille on Thursday at about 3 am where officers of the Besson Street Police Station searched a house in the area.

In a video released on social media Thursday, a male voice claimed that police officers came to his house and broke down the walls and doors to gain entry.

Officers commended for foiling robbery with violence

Four officers attached to the Southern Division have been commended for their work in the foiling of a robbery with violence which occurred in Tableland on April 27th, 2019.

Sgt. Sankar, PC King, PC Mohammed and PC Ramlal, were today commended by Senior Superintendent Zamsheed Mohammed, at the Southern Division Divisional Headquarters in San Fernando.

On April 27th 2019, the officers responded to a report of a robbery in progress on Naparima Mayaro Road, Tableland, when they observed four men armed with firearms exiting the premises.

Women and children among 93 Venezuelans held in Palo Seco

by Radhica De Silva

Hiding in a forest camp in the hills of Palo Seco, 93 Venezuelans were arrested by police shortly after they landed in a pirogue on the Southern coast.

Looking harrassed and scared, the Venezuelans stood under an unoccupied house near Aguillera Trace, Palo Seco Settlement for several hours before they were removed from the area in marked police buses and jeeps.