The leader of a criminal gang based on the north coast of Trinidad has been named by sources in Güiria, Venezuela, as a key part of a human trafficking network operating between the two countries.
Two police officers charged under the Anti-Gang Act were granted bail of close to $300,000 in total to cover all offences when they appeared before Magistrate Joanne Connor at the Arima Magistrate's Court shortly before three o'clock this afternoon.
Police-constable Angelo Cedeno, 40, of Jitman Drive, Arouca was charged with misbehaviour in public office which allegedly occurred something between December 31, 2017, and July 1, 2018, for trafficking cocaine and ammunition.
In awarding more than $225,000 in compensation to a mason who was charged under the now-lapsed Anti-Gang legislation, a judge found the police used the State of Emergency (SOE) as a cover to pin a false charge against him.
Delivering the ruling in favour of Mark Huggins in a malicious prosecution lawsuit yesterday in the San Fernando High Court, Justice Devindra Rampersad found the police officer acted with malice and illegally.