An application by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to forfeit over $6 million seized from Drug Sou Sou (DSS) founder Kerron Clarke is still pending.
The update was provided in a press release issued by Clarke on Wednesday.
It said that the forfeiture application for $6,409,100 came up for hearing in the Arima First District Court before Magistrate Brambhanan Dubay with the DPP’s Office being represented by two attorneys.
“Despite the application for the forfeiture of the cash seized being made since July 2021 and the prosecution having six months to prepare for today’s hearing the prosecution had nothing ready to be handed over to my attorney,” Clarke said.
He said that his attorneys requested the shortest possible adjournment date but it was instead put to the ‘regular date’ of July 5, as Magistrate Dubay said several matters especially murder cases had to be given priority.
In September 2020, officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and other divisions raided DSS headquarters at Kathleen Warner Drive in La Horquetta.
The money was lodged at the La Horquetta Police Station but was later returned.
Two senior police officers from Barbados were recruited to probe the incident.
The cash which is the subject of the pending application was seized during subsequent raids on the location.
Clarke was charged with two offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act and was granted $300,000 bail.
One of the charges alleged that between May 2019 and February 2021, Clarke received a television as collateral for a loan, which the recipient was unable to repay.
He is also accused of receiving $1,850 in interest on a loan while running a moneylender’s business without a licence. (DA)