49-year-old prison officer SHAWN ST. LOUIS has been charged with possession of prohibited articles, following an exercise at the Golden Grove Prison, on Saturday 2 January 2021. (Image: TTPS)

A 49-year-old prison officer will appear before an Arima Magistrate tomorrow, Monday 4 January 2021, charged with possession of prohibited articles.

An official statement from the Police Service says SHAWN ST. LOUIS, of Ellis Street, La Brea, was charged by PC Ali, after allegedly being found to be in possession of three Samsung Galaxy cell phones, one set of headphones, a phone charger, one pack of cigarettes and duct tape containing marijuana while on duty at the Golden Grove Prison on January 2nd.

The TTPS says prison officials reported receiving information at 12:55 pm that an officer was trafficking illegal items within the prison system.

An exercise was conducted which resulted in the accused being searched and the prison officials allegedly finding the prohibited items on his person.

The prison officer was immediately detained, and police were called in.

The man was subsequently arrested and charged by PC Ali, for the offence, following investigations.

SHAWN ST. LOUIS will answer to the charge when the matter comes up for hearing before an Arima Magistrate on Monday 4th January 2021.