The wrapped marijuana and other paraphernalia seized during the police exercise on Sunday 8 November 2020. (Image: TTPS)

A police exercise in Rio Claro has led to the arrest of four people in separate incidents, as well as the seizure of marijuana plants, wildlife carcasses and agricultural produce.

An official statement from the Police Service indicates that search warrants were executed  at  seven  residences  in  the  Rio  Claro district during the exercise which occurred on Sunday 8 November 2020, between the hours of 10:30 am and 5 pm.

The TTPS confirms that 32-year-old JAKIM SYDNEY, along with JULIE ALEXIS, both of San Pedro Road, Rio  Claro,  were  arrested  and  charged  for  possession  of  animals listed in the  Third  Schedule  of the Conservation of Wildlife Act. They also  were charged  for  possession  of  cannabis  for  the  purpose  of trafficking.

Officers  executing  the  warrant  allegedly  found  four  transparent packages  of  cannabis  weighing  285  grams, as  well  as  $19,500,  a small  scale,  and  transparent  wrapping.  Two armadillo carcasses also were found at the residence. The couple was formally charged by PC Kallicharan.

In the second incident, 53-year-old CARL RAMNARINE, of Railway Road, Brothers Road, Rio Claro, was arrested for cultivating cannabis. Police officers allegedly  found  at  his  home two  fully  grown  cannabis  trees, as well as  27 small  cannabis  trees.  He was formally charged by PC Mahabir.

The third incident involved the arrest of 25-year-old SAYID BAKSH, of Legendre Road, Ecclesville, Rio Claro. He was  charged with praedial larceny,  and  also with being  found  on  cultivated  lands  by  WPC  Farrier, after 25 bunches of plantain valued at $2,250, allegedly were found in his possession.

The exercise was supervised by Ag Sgt Maharaj and included the warrant officer, as  well  as  officers  from  the  Criminal  Investigations Department (CID), Task Force, Charge Room, Emergency Response Patrol (ERP), and the Canine Unit.