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after $28m drug
bust in Tobago
A 39-year-old woman employed as a cleaner
at the THA s Division of Infrastructure and Public
Utilities Unemployment Relief Programme (URP)
is expected to appear in the Scarborough Mag-
istrates Court today charged with possession
of more than $28 million in drugs.
The woman was held on Friday by officers of
the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit and the
Tobago Divisional Task Force who, acting on a
tip-off, went to a house at Adventure Trace, Ply-
mouth, and conducted a search.
The officers reportedly found two crocus bags
and one duffle bag containing 16 packets of cocaine
weighing 18 kilograms and 50 packets of marijuana
weighing 31 kilograms in one of the bedrooms.
The woman was arrested in connection with
the find, which has been described as the largest
seizure on the island to date.
Officers said yesterday that contrary to reports
that the drugs were worth $7.2 million, the street
value of the cocaine was $25 million while the
marijuana was $3 million.
A source close to the investigation said in an
interview that the cocaine was the "high grade,
pure Columbian cocaine" while the marijuana is
also of a high grade rarely seen in this country.
Tobago police are continuing investigations.
Cop held in bribe sting
A Siparia police constable has been arrested
for allegedly accepting a $500 bribe from a man
whom he arrested with two cocaine rocks in
March and subsequently released without charge.
Today, the Director of Public Prosecutions is
expected to give officers instructions on what
charges to lay against the 42-year-old officer, who
has 20 years service. He faces soliciting a bribe
and misbehaviour in public office charges.
The officer remains in police custody after he
was arrested on Saturday in a sting operation led
by Inspector Anderson Pariman of the South
Police reports state that on March 24, the officer
detained a man, searched him and found two
cocaine rocks on him. The officer allegedly told
the man he would not charge him if he gave him
The man agreed to pay him and they made
arrangements to met. The man then reported the
officer to the police and a sting operation was
On Saturday evening the officer went to China
City Restaurant, Siparia, where he met the man
and collected a $500 downpayment.
The officer was immediately arrested and taken
to the Siparia Police Station.
Investigations are continuing.
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Opposition People s National
Movement Laventille West
candidate Fitzgerald Hinds is
seeking to get 16,000 votes
from the constituency in
upcoming general elections.
Hinds confirmed the figure
yesterday as he embarked on a
walkabout in the Beetham area,
where residents gave him a cor-
dial welcome, though more than
a few expressed concerns about
Beetham is among the first
areas Hinds started his walka-
bouts in after being selected to
contest the seat recently, gaining
the nod over incumbent Nileung
Hypolite and several others.
Hypolite received 10,000 votes
in 2007 and just over that figure
Hinds was accompanied on
the walkabout by Port-of-Spain
councillors, members of the
constituency and area activists.
"We re red and we ready,"
Hinds declared to the red-clad
group at the start of the walk,
which began from the Beetham
Senior Citizens Quarters, where
he walked around the complex
introducing himself and chatting
to the elderly residents.
Hinds bumped fists with
youths and male residents,
greeted others and listened to
issues when some expressed
concerns. He received a number
of assurances of support.
On First Street, however, a
middle-aged man in a jersey and
shorts told Hinds he (the man)
was United National Congress
(UNC). Hinds remarked with a
smile, "Well, at least they ll
(UNC) get one vote..."
One Beetham man complain-
ing about lack of jobs, said the
People s Partnership Govern-
ment had "moved projects to
Central" and he and others
couldn t get trade jobs in proj-
In response to T&T Guardian
questions about claims by some
members of the Laventille West
executive that they were not
supporting him and that some
walked out of a meeting the
party leadership held with the
constituency executive unit last
week, Hinds said PNMites fol-
lowed processes and also ques-
tioned who were making those
"I m a democrat and while all
will have their say, the majority
will have their way and I abide
by the majority," he said, adding
that the majority of people who
attended last Tuesday s meeting
"Last Tuesday the majority
said they were abiding by the
process also," he said.
He said while there may be a
few individual concerns, the
PNM as an organisation was
bigger and he followed party
process and principles.
Four men and one teenager
are now in police custody fol-
lowing a robbery and kidnap-
ping in Chaguaramas early
According to police reports,
at about 12.30 am two couples
were robbed by five men who
were in a Mitsubishi Lancer at
Tucker Valley, Chaguaramas.
The men held the couples,
tied them up and placed them
in the back of their Nissan Tiida
station wagon. Two men then
jumped into the station wagon
and drove off while the other
three tailed behind in the
However, a passerby saw the
robbery and kidnapping and
notified the police. Acting on
the information, the police
found the Tiida with the cou-
ples inside near the Hasely
Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
An all-points bulletin was
then placed on the Lancer and
the police intercepted the vehi-
cle with all five suspects inside
at the Interchange near Grand
One firearm was recovered
along with all the stolen items,
including cellphones, wallets
The suspects were between
the ages of 17-27 and were pos-
itively identified by the couples
yesterday afternoon at the St
James Police Station. The men
are expected to appear in court
either today or tomorrow.
Ex-MP walks at Beetham
Hinds wants 16,000 votes
Witness' call to cops saves kidnap victims
PNM Laventille East Candidate Fitzgerald Hinds greets Daphne Gilbert with little Kaitia Lashley during
his walkabout in the area yesterday. Lashely's father was murdered on February 23, and was found in
his car along the Eastern Main Road, Laventille. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Aaron Jack, of PNM's Laventille West con-
stituency Youth League, is still hopeful the party's
leadership will reconsider and place incumbent Hy-
polite in the candidacy.
Hypolite had received the majority of nomina-
tions from the 26 units---15 party group nomina-
tions and the unit's Youth League.
Yesterday, Jack said, "We believed Mr Hypolite
was the best candidate to become MP and the ma-
jority was behind him. Subsequent to the screening
process, however, the party chose Mr Hinds, but
the problem we had is that it had been said very
long before the screening that he would indeed
have become the candidate.
"That therefore places doubt in our minds that
the selection process was pre-determined since
that talk had started a long time ago and it then
appears not to be democratic and fair.
"It also placed doubt in our mind about possible
victimisation of Mr Hypolite. It is my personal be-
lief that they chose who they wanted to choose,
but not who the majority of people wished to have
Jack said he and others were trying to get the
PNM leadership to see that the "people want Nile-
ung and are confident in his ability to represent
HOLDING OUT FOR HYPOLITE
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