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Former People s Partnership (PP) adviser and
minister, now Alliance of Independents founder,
Gary Griffith says he had been speaking to Jack
Warner for several months to try and see if a bridge
could made between Warner s Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) and the People s Partnership.
"This was me on my own trying to see if I could
bring about peace," he said.
But he said that effort is now finished after the US
indictment of Warner because of his perception it
was due to Government.
Griffith confirmed Warner's media conference
statement yesterday that United National Congress
(UNC) officials and a Congress of the People (COP)
emissary had been holding talks with him over the
last four months to try and get him back with the
PP. He claimed this was to be the "poster boy for the
East West Corridor."
Griffith, however, said Warner's series of tapes on
the alleged ganja find at the PM's Philippine residence
were recorded and aired without his knowledge or
"Everything stated on the tape pertaining to the
issue related to the substance found within the confines
of the private residence of the Prime Minister is exactly
as I stated in my release issued earlier... I was never
part of any conspiracy to cover anything," he said.
But he added: "It shows he cannot be trusted and
that anyone who has any conversation with him can
be taped as he taped me.
"I now expect and anticipate that any and all con-
versations that I may have had with Mr Warner in
the past, or present, to have been taped without my
knowledge and consent, and further, I expect will be
utilised as part of this or any strategy to defile and
defame all in his path.
"I expect that anyone who may have also spoken
to him in the past may have also been recorded without
their permission and consent, which is to be noted,
and to those who intend to speak to him in the future,
to also be aware that he may be doing the same thing
without your permission or consent and be careful
of what you are saying to him, as he is obsessed with
trying to destroy the Prime Minister and Government
at all costs regardless of how it affects anyone."
Griffith said he sent a statement to reporter Denyse
Renne last Sunday on the ganja story and "within a
few minutes Jack called me and was upset I had sent
out the statement. I told him that at no time did any-
one contact me and inform me of any ganja find."
"Jack was the only one talking about this. Nobody
talked to me about it and I wasn't part of any cover-
up and the tapes indicate that. The PM never spoke
to me about it, nor Roodal Moonilal or the police so
I took it for granted it was a rumour."
Griffith said he held no animosity towards anyone
but Warner was obsessed with trying to destroy the
PM at all costs "and he doesn't care about collateral
damage and even if T&T's international image is
On his alleged "bad talking" of the PM on the
tapes, Griffith said: "I have no desire to be drawn
into that debacle."
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams made a drastic about face yes-
terday, after Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) political leader Jack Warner revealed
that the Police Service and retired deputy
commissioner of police Mervyn Richard-
son were aware that five grammes of a
marijuana-like substance were found at
the private home of Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar back in 2013.
Williams, in a media release yesterday,
claimed that he had just been apprised that
there was a drug find at the private res-
idence of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar and has "ordered an investigation
into the matter."
The release was not clear as to whether
the police were now investigating alleged
attempts by politicians to cover up a drug
matter or investigating the actual discovery,
neither did it state who was the owner of
Williams did not respond to several
attempts to reach him yesterday, but the
media statement, issued shortly before 6
pm, contradicted his own words during a
previous media interview in Tobago on
In that interview, Williams said he was
head of the Police Service back in 2013 and
was not aware of any drug find at the prime
Whereas Williams had initially denied
any knowledge of the drug find, in the
media release he said that only yesterday
at 2 pm, some 30 minutes before Warner's
press conference began, he received con-
firmation from Senior Superintendent Gary
Gould, operational head of the Special
Branch, that there was in fact a "plant like
material" resembling marijuana found at
The media release states that on Monday,
Senior Superintendent McDonald Jacob
advised Williams that there was no police
record of the alleged discovery at Persad-
"However, today (yesterday) Tuesday
16th June, 2015, the Commissioner of Police
was presented with a signed report from
Snr Supt Gould which confirmed the dis-
covery of 5 (five) grammes of a plant like
material' resembling that of marijuana,
contained in a plastic bag in the male wash-
room of a gazebo, on the western end of
the Prime Minister's private residence at
Philippine, San Fernando."
The report, which was submitted to the
Commissioner of Police at 2 pm, stated
that the discovery was made on Friday, 19
April 2013, at around 8.50 am by a member
of Special Branch.
During his tour in Tobago on Monday,
Williams said he spoke to the operational
head of Special Branch, who was named
in the report, and he was not aware of any
"He has confirmed that position to me,"
"There is no recorded report based on
the checks and verification that I have asked
to be done today. I have gotten that feed-
back," he said then.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ag)
Ainsley Garrick has been appointed to con-
duct this investigation.
CoP launches probe
into marijuana find
After denial of drug seizure at PM's home
Assistant coach of the T&T Red Steel cricketers Imran Jan, left, greets Barrackpore Vedic student Salena Rampersad after she caught
this ball yesterday at the Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain. She and hundreds of other primary school students were hosted by the
Guardian Group to meet the cricketers yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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