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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 18, 2015
The Police Complaints Authority has com-
menced an independent investigation into the
conduct of police officers who found five
grammes of marijuana at the prime minister s
private residence in April 2013.
The action follows claims by former Chaguanas
West MP Jack Warner that attempts were made to
conceal the matter by government ministers and
senior police officers.
In a release, yesterday, the PCA made ref-
erence to a media release issued by the Police
Service (TTPS) on June 16 which was head-
lined, "Investigation ordered into alleged dis-
covery at prime minister's private residence."
The PCA said pursuant to Section 21(1)(a)
of the Police Complaints Authority Act, Chapter
15:05, it has "commenced an investigation into
whether there is conduct on the part of police
officers which amounts to a criminal offence or
serious police misconduct."
The authority indicated that upon completion of
its investigation, "the Authority shall, where deemed
necessary, take action in accordance with
the Police Complaints Authority Act."
At a news conference on Tuesday,
Warner accused acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams of not speaking
the truth as far as the marijuana discovery
was concerned. Williams on Monday said
there was no record of the event taking
place in the records of the Police Service.
However, the Police Service issued a statement on
Tuesday confirming that the drugs were found in
the male washroom of a gazebo on the western end
of the prime minister's Phillipine, San Fernando,
Warner also accused former deputy commissioner
Mervyn Richardson of being complicit in the mat-
dropped the ball
Head of Special Branch Senior Supt Gary Gould
said yesterday the investigator probing the dis-
covery of marijuana at the prime minister s prop-
erty in 2013 would deal with whatever issue
arose regarding a report on the matter.
Gould headed the Special Branch in 2013
when the drugs were found.
He had submitted a report to the acting
Police Commissioner on Tuesday---just prior
to a news confer-
ence on the issue
Liberal Party (ILP)
political leader Jack
grammes of a
found by a mem-
ber of the Special
Branch in a plastic bag
in the male washroom
of a gazebo on the
western end of the PM's Phillipine res-
idence on April 19, 2013, around 8.50 am.
Warner has said he was informed by
former deputy commissioner of police
Mervyn Richardson on April 12, 2013, of
the discovery of four ounces of weed on
a ledge outside a window of the PM's
house. He said an officer had taken a
photo of the find and he urged the media
to check the police station and diary on the matter.
Contacted yesterday, Gould declined questions,
saying: "I'm not in a position to discuss anything
on the matter."
Yesterday, Warner, when asked about the differ-
ence in details given by himself and the police
report, said: "The police say they discovered material
resembling that of marijuana' in the male toilet
of the PM's Phillipine home on April 19. I say that
members of the PM's security detail discovered
four ounces of marijuana on the ground outside a
window of the PM's Phillipine home on April 12.
"The PM in her two-paragraph release refers to
something found on the common grounds outside
of my residence' etc, and that she was out of the
country. Don't tell me that you don't see the con-
tradictions here and that this matter is getting
messier and messier because of the series of lies
that are being offered by the minute."
Former national security minister Gary Griffith
also said someone in the police service "dropped
the ball" on the matter since an analysis of the
"plant-like substance" should have been done at
the time which would have ascertained whether it
was an illegal substance.
"Or at least it should have been by now," he
added. He maintained it was for the police to com-
ment on the issue.
Griffith said he would have been out of place to
try to speak to the police on any matter as
that would have usurped the then national
security minister's authority. Warner was
national security minister during that period.
He said Warner just mentioned the issue to
him, probably as hearsay, not for Griffith
to have acted on since it would have been
the minister who liased with the Prime Min-
ister on such a matter.
On Tuesday, Griffith confirmed he had attempted
to speak to Warner to make peace between the ILP
and People's Partnership (PP). Warner, at his earlier
media conference, said United National Congress
officials and a Congress of the People emissary had
been holding talks with him in the last four months
to try to restore his relationship with the PP. Warner
had claimed this was to make him the "poster boy
for the East-West corridor."
Criminal defence attorney Wayne Sturge, who
has served as a temporary government senator,
says there is a legitimate perception being fuelled
on social media that Chaguanas West MP Jack
Warner is hoping to be charged for a local offence
and tried here before being extradited to the United
States on Fifa corruption charges.
Sturge, who spoke on CNC3's Morning Brew yes-
terday, told the Guardian there were several postings
on social media in which people were wondering if
that was the reason behind Warner's announcing
that he was part of a plot to cover up the discovery
of four ounces of marijuana at the prime minister's
residence two years ago.
Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal
has been touting the same position on political
Warner himself has raised questions about
the inequality of treatment between his case
and that of two United National Congress
financiers Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve
Ferguson, who are wanted in the US on fraud
charges arising out of the Piarco Airport Project, but
had the request for their extradition quashed by a
High Court judge on the basis of similar pending
Sturge said if Warner was trying to pull an "Ish
and Steve" it would not work since the ganja cover-
up plot charges would be different from the Fifa cor-
ruption charges for which he was wanted by the US.
Further, he could not be charged in any cover-up
plot since there was no evidence of a crime committed,
trying an 'Ish and Steve'
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