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Political scientist Dr Winford James says he
finds it surprising that incumbent Diego Martin
Central MP Dr Amery Browne received no votes
at Thursday s screening session at Balisier House,
In a telephone interview yesterday, James said
he was not sure what the process of the committee
was, but added that he did not understand why no
one was explaining how the process worked.
"I am surprised Amery Browne got no votes and
I just think that it is strange. I don t understand
OF BALISIER AND BOBOLEES
Less than four hours after Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
expressed shock at a major drug and
weapons haul near her Philippine,
San Fernando home on Thursday,
police made further inroads into the
transhipment operation when they
uncovered another stash of drugs and
ammunition in Debe.
Saying that the latest find was even
closer to Persad-Bissessar s home, a
senior officer said yesterday that the
arrest of the 27-year-old US deportee
responsible for the operations puts a
major dent in the distribution of
cocaine and marijuana in South
It was just Tuesday that police
caught the suspect cooking $1.6 million
in cocaine in two aluminium pots at
his Hermitage Village, San Fernando
home, where they also seized
$100,000 worth of marijuana and four
high-powered guns with ammunition.
On Thursday night, Southern Divi-
sion police, led by Snr Supt Irwin
Hackshaw, Supt Florence Hodge Grif-
fith and Insp Don Gajadhar, got further
information that the suspect had
another apartment along the SS Erin
Around 7 pm, a CID team, including
Sgt Steve Persad, Sgt Dale Ramroop,
Cpl Marlon Mendoza and PCs Moses,
Douglas and Rampersad, went to the
apartment with the suspect. In one
room they found seven rounds of .38
ammunition, 21 rounds of 9 mm
ammunition, the butt for an AK-47
assault rifle and four magazines, one
of which is used with the high-pow-
ered, automatic pistol used by the US
Secret Service and FBI.
Three blocks of high grade kush
cannabis (marijuana) worth $120,000
was found in another area.
"We believe we have made a big
dent in a drug transshipment opera-
tion, as there were kilos of wrapping
that the drugs came in, crocus bags,
foil and thousands of small plastic
bags around the apartment. We believe
he is an importer and distributor of
cocaine and high grade marijuana," a
senior officer said.
The suspect, who was also arrested
in Princes Town during the 2011 state
of emergency, is expected to appear
at the San Fernando Magistrates Court
on Tuesday, charged with two counts
of possession of ammunition, two
counts of possession of marijuana for
trafficking, possession of firearm com-
ponents, possession of cocaine for
trafficking and possession of four
firearms. The charges were laid by PCs
Bacchus and Goddard.
Cops seize more drugs,
weapons at nabbed
suspect's second address
Debe resident Indar Jairaj rains blows on effigies of OWTU president general Ancel Roget, Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley and Roman Catholic priest Father Clyde Harvey at the Debe roundabout
yesterday, during his celebration of the annual Good Friday bobolee beatings. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
why nobody is explaining these things. Is it that
they have worked out these things before?" James
He described Browne as a talented young man
who had made a lot of contributions not only to
his constituency, but also in the Parliament.
Asked whether there were elements of dictator-
ship in the removal of those who would have been
outspoken, James said this may not be the case,
as all the facts were needed for a conclusion.
"Although it does appear that people who chal-
lenged the leader do not get selected, we have to
ask why that happens. That is a flaw in the politics,
we don t have all the facts," he said.
"People expect to be chosen but they may not
be chosen. We must not speculate without enough
On the removal of La Brea MP Fitzgerald Jeffrey
and Arouca MP Alicia Hospedales, James said they
were two people he had also liked. He added that
Jeffrey was a "good credit union man" who had
also made good contributions.
"But I imagine the screening committee knows
what the PNM wants," James added.
In giving his prognosis on the issue, political
analyst Bishnu Ragoonath said it was not really a
surprise Browne was booted out, as he had indicated
his criticism of the party s leadership.
"To some extent his removal was expected,"
He said he believed the new faces of the PNM
would have enough time to hit the ground and to
convince people they were the ones best selected
to do the job.
"We also have some new faces on the UNC s
side. This is a do or die effort as each party wants
to put its best foot forward," Ragoonath said.
He said Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley was
also demonstrating good political leadership by
aligning himself with people who are loyal to him
and by taking total control of the party.
Analyst: PNM should explain selection process
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