TTPS: Seven arrested under Anti-Gang laws

The Police Service says it has arrested and charged a total of seven persons under the Anti-Gang Legislation between October 2018 and now.

A statement issued by the Police Service today says that the arrests included a known gang leader who was charged by the Organized Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU).

The Anti-Gang Act of 2018 seeks to discourage membership of criminal gangs and suppress gang activity.

Act 1 of 2018, Section (6) (1) characterizes gang membership as: 

(a) a person who is a gang leader;

(b) a gang member;

Police search A&V Drilling

Scores of police officers descended upon the head office of A&V drilling in San Francique today.

Heavily armed officers could be seen outside the business place, as their plainclothes counterparts, believed to be from the Fraud Squad Unit, were seen heading inside. It is not clear if the raid is connected with the alleged fake oil scandal.

Back in 2017 claims emerged that A&V Drilling, which is owned by Nizam Baksh, a close friend of the prime minister received millions of dollars from Petrotrin but failed to supply the volume of oil it promised.   

Suspended soldier killed by police following security guard's murder

A suspended soldier turn robber was shot dead by police as a suspect in the robbery and murder of an SRP serving as a security guard at a Boundary Road liquor mart.

The daring robbery at the liquor mart left a Special Reserve Police officer and part-time security guard, Cleavon Frederick dead.

Police reports indicate that that three men entered the liquor mart and announced a hold-up. 

Frederick was shot in the head.

The men then made their escape in a white Nissan Tiida vehicle.

The security officer was rushed to hospital but died on arrival..

Two officers get bail on corruption charges

A po­lice of­fi­cer and a Spe­cial Re­serve Po­lice (SRP) have been grant­ed a to­tal of $140,000 bail af­ter they ap­peared in court charged with steal­ing mon­ey from a man af­ter ar­rest­ing him, last year.

Act­ing Cpl An­tho­ny See­baran, 45, of Vic­to­ry Heights, Ari­ma, and SRP Lester Jones, 38, of Pel­i­can Ex­ten­sion, Mor­vant, were grant­ed bail af­ter they ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Maris­sa Gomez in the Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day.

LAPD gives crime-fighting training to TTPS

Law enforcement officials attached to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are currently conducting a four-day knowledge exchange with officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

This is aimed at improving and strengthening the crime-fighting tactics of the TTPS, a statement by the Police Service said.

The visit forms part of the TTPS’ ongoing partnership with the LAPD in areas of intelligence and information exchange, training and education as well as sharing of best practices for law enforcement personnel.

95 police recruits take oath

Ninety-five police recruits today passed another major milestone in their journey to become members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

The recruits took the ‘Oath of Office and Secrecy’, at a swearing ceremony at the Trinidad and Tobago Police Academy Gymnasium, St. James, Port-of-Spain.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, who delivered the feature address at the ceremony told the recruits that they must always keep in mind that the public has certain expectations of police officers and the level of service they are trained to deliver.

Police destroy $1.2 million in weed

Fully grown marijuana trees worth approximately $1.2 million dollars were destroyed by officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, during a marijuana eradication exercise conducted in the Mayaro district yesterday.

Officers conducted the exercise on Thursday 10th January, 2019, during which they proceeded to Gregorio Trace, Cedar Grove, Mayaro, where they discovered a marijuana field with approximately 1,200 fully grown marijuana trees and approximately 500 seedlings.

The trees and seedlings were subsequently destroyed.

Investigations are ongoing.

Police operation nets 8 foreign nationals, over TT$320,000

Eight foreign nationals and over TT$320,000 are currently under police guard following an exercise conducted in the Mayaro area on Wednesday, police said in a statement Thursday.

During the exercise, the officers executed a search warrant at Millennium Sea Food Limited located at Brazil Trace, Bristol, Mayaro, where they discovered two Chinese and six Venezuelan nationals, who have overstayed their allotted time in the country. 

The search also resulted in officers finding TT$317,350 and US$700 on the premises.