Two senior police officers from the Royal Barbados Police Force arrived in this country yesterday afternoon to commence investigations into the “Drugs Sou-Sou” (DSS) matter, where $22 million in cash was seized from the administrators at a house in La Horquetta last month and then returned by some officers of the TTPS.
Their involvement in the case came after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said he would enlist the help of foreign investigators to probe the matter given what he termed corruption in the local police service.
Communications manager at the T&T Police Service Francis Joseph confirmed the arrival of the senior Barbadian police officers.
He said they arrived in this country just around 3 pm Tuesday and are staying in a hotel in Port-of-Spain.
He said one officer holds the rank of inspector and the other superintendent.
He could not say though if they would begin their investigations today. However, they are expected to meet with local officials.
There is no word on how long the two officers will be in this country.
Last Thursday, during a post-budget virtual meeting, Prime Minister
Dr Keith Rowley said he asked the British and Barbados governments for help with investigations into the Drugs Sou-Sou (DSS) raid in La Horquetta in which $22 million was seized by the police and later returned.
Rowley said the roles of the T&T Police Service, the Defence Force and criminal gangs in that incident were matters of national security. “I can tell you as head of the National Security Council, I have not had the simplest of answers in that matter. All I can say to you is that as head of the National Security Council I am disturbed and because I was disturbed… and because of what it means, pointing to and fingering unacceptable levels of corruption in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, immediately I approached the British Government, with whom we have a memorandum of understanding dated 2018 to cooperate on matters of national security.”
On the same matter, Rowley said he approached the Prime Minister of Barbados.
There is no word just yet on when British investigators will arrive in this country.