Crime

Police property found during raids

A police jacket, bulletproof vest and three guns were among several illegal items seized by Southern Division police over the past few days.

A three-year-old boy and his seven-year-old cousin were also left in the care of their landlord in Princes Town on Thursday evening, after their parents were caught in possession of narcotics and guns.

During the operations coordinated by Snr Supt Mohammed, ASP Ramdeen and Insp Gajadhar, Princes Town CID officers executed a search warrant at an apartment in Lothian Gardens shortly after 5 pm.

Cops keep freed Carnival plot detainees’ property

Out of the 15 people detained in connection with the alleged plot to disrupt the 2018 Carnival festivities, the majority were released mainly due to writs of habeas corpus filed.

But a senior police official said yesterday the case was from from complete or closed.

“Being released due to such a writ doesn’t mean you’re home free,” a senior police official noted.

Officials - as well as attorneys for some detainees - confirmed that laptops, phones and other items were seized by police and kept.

Hunt for ISIS network head

Networks of the ISIS cell in T&T which Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley referred to in Parliament are spread from Aranjuez, Charlieville and Enterprise to Rio Claro among other locations, a national security official has said.

They spoke on Friday night when asked by T&T Guardian to elaborate on Rowley’s earlier confirmation that there is an ISIS cell in T&T.

Rowley made the comment in response to questions from United National Congress MP Bhoe Tewarie about whether there was anything that could be considered an ISIS cell or satellite locally.

Drone technology helps police pursue and arrest suspects of firearm possession

Drone technology deployed by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s Air Support Unit, assisted officers of the Northern Eastern Division Task Force, in the pursuit and subsequent arrest of three suspects during an anti-crime exercise in the Las Cuevas district yesterday.

The exercise was conducted around 5 pm, on Wednesday 14th February, 2018.

During the exercise, a search warrant was executed at a house located at St. Michael’s Village, Las Cuevas.

Charged with housebreaking and stealing Vienna sausages, corned beef & salt biscuit

A Mt. Pleasant man, who deprived a 69-year-old woman of six tins of Vienna sausages, two tins corned beef and two packs of salt biscuit among other items, was granted $75,000 bail, when he appeared before a Scarborough Magistrate, charged with housebreaking and larceny.

Kerwin Romeo, 62, of Roach Trace, Mt. Pleasant, appeared before Magistrate Annette McKenzie, in the Scarborough Magistrates’ 1st Court, on Wednesday 14th February, 2018, to answer to the charge.

The matter was postponed to Wednesday 14th March, 2018.

Man charged with stealing frozen poultry from priest's freezer

A baker, who stole a quantity of frozen poultry from a freezer belonging to a priest in the Mt. Pleasant district earlier this month, has been granted $75,000 bail, by a Scarborough Magistrate, when he appeared in court this week, charged with housebreaking and larceny.

Dexter Romeo, aka “Old Man”, 50, of Roach Trace, Mt. Pleasant, appeared before Magistrate Annette McKenzie, in the Scarborough Magistrates’ 1st Court, on Wednesday 14th February, 2018, to answer to the charge and the matter postponed to Wednesday 14th March, 2018.

Talks on anti-gang legislation stalled between government and opposition

There is still no agreement between the opposition and government on the time frame of the sunset clause of the anti-gang legislation.

The opposition and government met today to discuss the opposition's concerns about the bill.

The opposition maintains that the sunset clause is critical in preventing the abuse of power by law enforcement officials.

The opposition raised several issues including its call for Joint Select Committee of Parliament to facilitate wide consultation on the draft legislation, however, the government declined the proposal.

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