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Ramlal Matadeen was so excited
about his son s upcoming wedding
that he spent Friday evening delivering
invitations for the November nuptials.
However, those plans are now in
limbo after the 52-year-old Princes
Town taxi driver was killed and his 71-
year-old father, Rampersad, critically
injured in a car crash on the Sir
Solomon Hochoy Highway near Gas-
parillo. Matadeen s father has not yet
been told of his son s death.
Police said the accident occurred at
around 8.30 pm. A 27-year-old man
was driving a Ford Fielder south along
the highway when he blacked out and
lost control of the vehicle which spun
around and ended up facing north on
the southbound lane. The vehicle col-
lided head-on with Matadeen s Nissan
Matadeen was killed on the spot.
Matadeen s father, who sustained
head injuries, a broken collar bone and
broken ribs, was taken to the San Fer-
nando General Hospital where he
At Matadeen s home yesterday, some
of his relatives were constructing a tent
for his wake, while others comforted
his wife and children.
Matadeen s youngest son, Adesh, 22,
who is supposed to get married on
November 22, said the family was still
in shock and he was uncertain about
"Right now we are unsure. He was
looking forward to it, he was excited,"
He said his father and grandfather
had gone to Chaguanas to deliver wed-
ding invitations. Shortly after 8 pm, he
called his father who told him he was
on his way home from Chaguanas.
"When we see 9 o clock we call him
back and did not get any answer. We
keep calling his cellphone," Adesh said.
Shortly after 11 pm, district medical
officer Dr Keith Silochan, a family friend
and neighbour, called the Matadeen
home and told them about the acci-
"He went on the scene. He recog-
nised my dad and my grandfather and
called us," Adesh said.
An autopsy will be done tomorrow.
Investigations into the accident are
Fatal crash mars
Hero III, right, driven by Hero Boodram, narrowly avoids a collision off the coast of Grande Riviere during yesterday's 46th Annual Carib Great Race. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
A Trinidadian student at the Fashion Insti-
tute of Technology (FIT) in New York who
returned to the United States last week for
the start of the new school year arrived at her
dorm in Manhattan, opened her suitcase and
discovered 10 pounds of cocaine inside.
According to a report in the New York Post,
the police were called by the 21-year-old after
she made the discovery in her room. The stu-
dent handed over the four packages of cocaine,
which has a street value of US$150,000, to the
A Port Authority source said the student had
flown from Piarco International Airport in
Trinidad to JFK Airport, leading them to believe
a smuggler might have planted the drugs in
the wrong suitcase.
"If her story is true, that s the most likely
scenario... There s no question about it," the
"Corrupt custom officials, baggage handlers
or airport workers in both the Caribbean and
New York may have teamed up on a scheme
to use her as an unwitting drug mule", the Port
Authority source added.
"The smugglers may have foiled the plan by
failing to unload the drugs in New York.
"Smugglers play the odds . . . It has been
done before to travellers especially in countries
where there s heavy narco-trafficking."
The student could not be reached for com-
ment and has not been charged. No arrests
have have been made as yet.
Contacted for comment, Minister of National
Security Gary Griffith said acting Commissioner
of Police Stephen Williams had to deal with
the matter first.
"Only after I get an official report, can I
make a comment," he said.
Calls to Williams went unanswered.
T&T student in NY cocaine probe
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Northern Division police retrieved
an illegal firearm from a man at a bar
Sgt Prabhoo and Constables Miguel
and Kingston, under the supervision
of Snr Supt David Abraham and Insp
Mark Maharaj, were on mobile patrol
in the Malabar area at around 2 pm,
when they entered the Time Out Bar.
A patron at the bar aroused the offi-
cers suspicion by glancing at them
repeatedly and fidgeting with his pants.
When the man was searched, a .38
revolver and three rounds of ammu-
nition were found on him.
The 30-year-old man, from Phase
4, Malabar, was arrested and will be
taken before an Arima magistrate
Two weeks ago, acting Commissioner
of Police Stephen Williams praised the
division for its success in gun recoveries
and a reduction in homicides. Williams
said the plan used in that division would
be copied and shared with other divi-
Bar patron caught with illegal gun
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