Police destroy $1 million in marijuana trees, seedlings

Police officers attached to the Inter-Agency Task Force have destroyed marijuana trees with an estimated street value of $1 million during an anticrime exercise in North Eastern Division, on Friday 8th September, 2017.

A statement by the police says that officers conducted the exercise between 5 am and 11 am, during which they proceeded to a bushy area at Santa Cruz Old Road, San Juan, where they discovered a marijuana field with over one thousand fully grown marijuana trees and approximately 1,500 seedlings.

The trees and seedlings were subsequently destroyed.

Three arrested with stolen vehicle following shoot-out with police

Police say quick work by officers resulted in the arrest of three men and the recovery of a stolen vehicle, following an exchange of gunfire between officers and four suspects, one of whom escaped.

The incident occurred along the Caroni South Bank Road, Las Lomas, around 12pm, on Sunday 10th September, 2017, when officers of the Northern Division Area Task Force who were on patrol, received a report of a vehicle being stolen from the PriceSmart carpark, Mausica, D’Abadie.

Soldier charged with sexual assault on girls 8 & 14 years old

A Lance Corporal with the T&T Regiment was released on $80,000 bail when he appeared in court yesterday charged with sexually assaulting two minors ages eight and 14. The offences are alleged to have taken place almost three years ago.

Curt Collins appeared before Magistrate Adia Mohammed in the Port-of-Spain court. He was not called upon to plead to the charges.

As with all cases of sexual offences, Mohammed cleared the courtroom of members of the public including media personnel before the soldier’s appearance.

Tortuga man arrested with drugs, ammo in Gran Couva

One man was arrested and quantities of marijuana and ammunition seized, by officers of the Gran Couva Police Station, during a road block exercise in the district, last night.

Officers conducted the exercise between 6:00pm and 10:00pm, at Indian Trail, Gran Couva, on Thursday 7th September, 2017, during which they had cause to stop and search a silver Nissan AD Wagon, being driven by a 32-year-old man of Gordon Village, Tortuga.

A search of the vehicle resulted in 1100 grammes of compressed marijuana being discovered.

33-year-old Valencia man charged with murder

A Valencia man has appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with the murder of Sheldon Rampersad, which occurred on January 13th 2017.

David Woods, 33, a watchman, of Coconut Drive, Valencia, appeared before Senior Magistrate Nanette Forde-John, in the Port of Spain 4th Magistrates’ Court, on Friday 8th September, 2017, to answer to the charge.

Forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov resigns

After today forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov will no longer be employed at the Forensic Science Centre.

With over a year service still to go Alexandrov resigned citing health reasons.

Alexandrov says he has high blood pressure and at 70-years-old is being subjected to manually lift bodies, some decomposed.

He gave his resignation with his last day effective August 31 but on the request of his seniors, he remained one week longer.

Tour Operators: "Crime is hurting us"

Members of The Trinidad and Tobago Incoming Tour Operators Association (TTITOA) say they are "appalled and saddened" by the gruesome murder of Dr. Claire Broadbridge, who is the mother of Stephen Broadbridge, the Vice President of TTITOA.

In a statement issued today, the TTITAO said that many members of the association are traumatized and disturbed not only about this murder but also the many murders and crimes that occur daily.

"It has now reached a point where we as citizens of this nation need to make every effort to take back our country," the association said.