Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 29th 2015 Contents Minimum wage still to be reviewed --- McLeod News --- Page A6
Monday, June 29, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 26TH JUNE, 2015
A co-ordinated overnight anti-crime
strike in Enterprise, Chaguanas went
awry yesterday as criminals were report-
edly tipped off and police said they did
not recover the number of firearms or
arrest suspects they expected.
For the past month, the Central Trinidad
area has experienced an increase in shoot-
ings related to gang activity.
Two separate police sources admitted
yesterday that sensitive information about
the raid was leaked to criminal elements.
T&T Guardian was informed by a senior
officer that the exercise took days to plan.
Because of this, the information was com-
promised and the police were unable to
find the number of high-powered weapons
they were expecting to retrieve.
"This exercise was a big waste of time,"
said one officer who was on the raid.
Another officer who was involved in the
exercise said that the leak came from within
the police force. He claimed that the offi-
cers were not able to retrieve any of the
weapons because gang members were
informed by police officers of the raid.
ACP Carlton Alleyne, who co-ordinated
the exercise, said he was not aware of the
information that criminals were tipped
off. He assured the public that the Police
Service was doing all it could to resolve
the crime situation in the area.
When asked about the leak, head of the
National Operations Centre, Garvin Heerah
said he was not aware of any leaks in the
operation. However, he said he was not
yet briefed on the matter.
T&T Guardian tried to get a comment
from Commissioner of Police, Stephen
Williams regarding the leak of information.
Williams said he had not yet been briefed
on the raid and referred questions to acting
Deputy Commissioner Glenn Hackett.
Hackett was locked in meetings until press
time and could not comment.
In an attempt to deal with this spike in
crime, from 10 pm Saturday to Sunday
at 10 am, officers attached to the Central
Division led a collaborative police exercise
with more than 250 officers involved in
The T&T Regiment, Coast Guard,
Immigration, K-9 Unit, the Inter-Agency
Task Force, Guard and Emergency Branch,
South Western Division, Southern Divi-
sion, North Eastern Division, Northern
Division, the National Operations Centre
and Air Support were all involved in the
The officers mostly focused on the
Enterprise area which included Bhagaloo
Street, Bhagaloo Street Extension, Crown
Trace, Enterprise Street, Circular Drive,
and Freedom Street.
The exercise was conducted under the
supervision of ACP Alleyne, Snr Supt
Johnny Abraham, Snr Supt Wayne Boyd,
ASP Neil Brandon John, Inspector Terrence
Williams, Inspector Teesdale, and Sergeant
The officers conducted extensive house
to house searches for 12-hours, but all the
officers were able to recover from the exer-
cise were two-home made shotguns, two
rounds of ammunition and a small quan-
tity of cocaine.
One man was arrested for a quantity
of cocaine, one was detained by immi-
gration, four people were arrested in con-
nection to shootings and murders in the
area. Another was arrested for possession
of a stolen vehicle. See pages A5 & A6.
Vasant Bharath, Minister
of Trade, Industry,
Stuart Young, PNM
candidate for Port-of-
Spain North/St Ann's
West; Gerald Hadeed,
Minister of Tourism and
Faris Al-Rawi, PNM
candidate for San
Fernando West put their
political differences aside
to be among the 100
chefs who showed off
their culinary skills at the
16th edition of Dining
with the Saints at St
Mary's College, Pembroke
Street, Port-of-Spain on
Saturday night. PHOTO:
A shooting spree early yesterday morning in
the Plum Mitan, Sangre Grande left an 11-year-
old boy injured.
According to reports, around 3.55 am Bradyn
Jurie, of Settlement Road, was asleep when his
parents were jolted awake by loud explosions.
When they checked on their son, they found
him lying in his bed bleeding from injuries to his
abdomen and foot.
Jurie was taken to the Sangre Grande District
Hospital where he was warded in a stable con-
dition last night.
Less than ten minutes later at 4.02 am, 67-
year-old pensioner Simraj Jurie, the grandfather
of the injured boy, was also awaken by the sound
of gunshots. The pensioner, who lives at the
seven and a quarter mile mark on Plum Mitan
Road, got out of bed and checked his home only
to discover shards of glass scattered on the floor.
Near the window, he found bullet holes. He was
not injured in the incident.
A few minutes later at 4.10 am, the police
received a report of a Nissan B-16 vehicle set on
fire along the Plum Mitan Road. Officers found
the remains of a Molotov cocktail near the vehicle,
which they believe was used by the attackers.
Spent shells were recovered at the scene of
both shooting incidents, police said.
In a separate exercise by Eastern Division offi-
cers, between 1 am to 9 am throughout a number
of communities in the Division---Valencia, Sangre
Grande, Toco, Manzanilla, Mayaro and Rio Claro---
23 people were arrested.
Eleven were held for possession of narcotics.
Eight were held on outstanding warrants. One
man was held on robbery related offences, one
for driving under the influence of alcohol, and
one for driving without a permit and insurance.
A man was also held for an outstanding inves-
tigation on a report of malicious wounding.
And in joint raid officers from the North East-
ern Division Task Force and the Morvant CID
seized an AR-15 machine gun and a pump action
shotgun in Barataria.
Police said around 6 am, police officers found
the two-high powered weapons along with a
magazine containing a quantity of 7.62 ammu-
nition hidden in some bushes.
No one was arrested in connection with the
weapons and ammunition. ---Rachael Espinet
shot while asleep
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