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Central Division officers on Tuesday seized
more than $6 million worth of drugs, two guns
and arrested six people during an anti-crime
exercised in the division.
According to police around 10 am, officers of
the Central Division were on patrol in Freeport,
when they stopped a car with three people. Police
said they found a pistol with one round of ammu-
nition in the car and arrested all three.
Officers on patrol in Felicity found another gun
with three rounds of ammunition.
Police said acting on a tip from a concerned cit-
izen they were able to recover that illegal gun. So
far, officers from the division have seized ten guns
and recovered 504 rounds of ammunition.
Officers said they searched a bushy area, adjacent
to a known drug block in Union Village, Felicity,
near the cemetery, where they found the loaded
Sig Sauer 9 mm pistol.
The drugs, police said, was seized after a police
exercise, lead by ASP Michael Sooker and which
included Sgt Jitindra Tooleram and Sgt Glen Persad.
Around 3 pm, the officers went to Ramkalia
Trace, Calcutta Road, Freeport, where 19 kilo-
grammes of cocaine were found and two people
arrested. The drugs have a street value of $6 mil-
Later that afternoon, officers went to a house
at Old Road, Longdenville, and searched the house.
There, one man was arrested for possession of
three kilogrammes of marijuana worth $120,000.
The drugs was a mixture of local and Jamaican
grade, officers said.
THE 'KI' DANCE
A Cedros man yester-
day succumbed to head
injuries he sustained dur-
ing an altercation with
another man last Friday.
The T&T Guardian
understands that Ram-
dath Ramchandar, 59, of
Bonasse Village, Cedros,
died from injuries sus-
tained after he was
allegedly pushed by a 71-
A post mortem done on
his body yesterday
revealed he died from
In the report by forensic
pathologist Dr Hughvon
des Vignes, Ramchandar s
death was deemed unnat-
ural but undetermined.
Reports say he was
pushed down by the other
man and was treated at
the Cedros Health Facility
and discharged on Friday.
However, when a friend
went to check on him the
following morning, he was
He was taken to hos-
pital, where he remained
warded until he suc-
cumbed to his injuries
around 6.30 am yester-
His alleged attacker was
taken to the Point Fortin
Magistrates Court on a
charge of assault occa-
sioning actual bodily harm
However, with Ram-
chandar s death, homicide
detectives have taken over
Man dies from head
injuries after push
2 illegal guns, $6m in
drugs seized in raids
JENSEN LA VENDE
Police intend to step up their
efforts to recover illegal guns,
the weapon of choice used to
commit murders, and called for
more to be done to stop them
from reaching the shores.
This after another overnight
killing and the death of a man in
hospital from gunshot injuries
pushed the murder toll to 31 for
the year, surpassing last year s
comparable figure of 24 by seven.
At a press briefing yesterday
at Police Administration Building,
Port-of-Spain, police boasted of
a $6 million drug seizure and
recovery of two more illegal guns.
Police Information Officer ASP
Micheal Pierre said the police
officers have intensified their
efforts to get guns off the streets
and boasted that the results speak
for themselves as they have
already recovered 50 guns in 20
days while for the same period
last year, 16 guns had been recov-
But the dent in the illegal gun
supply seemed to be minimal as
more illegal guns enter the coun-
try through the porous borders,
Pierre said although the police
have exceeded the number of
guns seized for the year by 200
per cent compared to last year,
more guns make their way into
the hands of killers.
"Despite the seizure of firearms,
we still have a high amount of
murders in the country. The TTPS
has increased its efforts in the
seizure of firearms and ammu-
nition but we recognise the con-
nection between firearms coming
through our borders and the mur-
der rate. Therefore, it is imperative
that our borders are protected,"
Asked whether those mandated
with that task, the Coast Guard
and other arms of the Defence
Force, should be blamed for failing
to stop the influx of guns, Pierre
repeated that the borders were
porous and that the Police Service
was not responsible for that.
"We have 31 murders to date
as opposed to 24 for the same
date last year and we have seized
50 guns for the year compared to
16 for the same period last year.
"What this suggests is there is
a proliferation of firearms coming
into the country which is a chal-
lenge to the TTPS. The seizure
of firearms for last year were 671
as compared to 585 in 2014,
showing a constant increase of
firearms in the country.
"The Police Service have
aligned the increase of firearms
to our porous borders... we do
not have the capacity to close the
borders what we do have is the
capacity to deal with the land,"
Contacted yesterday public
affairs officer of the Coast Guard,
Lieutenant Commander Kirk
Jean-Baptiste, said his members
worked assiduously with all other
agencies in stopping the illegal
importation of guns and drugs.
He added that the gun trade
was married to the drug trade.
Jean-Baptiste added that for the
year the Coast Guard has seized
While the figure is small com-
pared to that of the police, Jean-
Baptiste said one reason was that
gun and drug smugglers dumped
their illegal cargo whenever they
were spotted. He added that guns
were the first to go overboard as
they sank the fastest.
Told that the porous borders
are being blamed for the increase
in guns and gun related violence
mostly murders Jean-Baptiste
"This is a joint effort with the
arms of the Ministry of National
Security which is intelligence-
driven. I will not be engaging in
any tit-for-tat. We do work side-
Cops step up hunt for guns
Increase in firearms aligned to porous borders
The two latest victims of gun violence are Al Mohammed and
Jean-Pierre Assee. Mohammed, 24, according to police, was a
suspect in several shooting in the Western Division but was never
charged because of a lack of evidence.
Police said around 6.30 pm on Tuesday, Mohammed was with a
woman along Sagram Street, Petit Valley, when a gunman
approached him and opened fire. The killer then ran off leaving the
hysterical woman unharmed.
Assee, 30, a car dealer, was shot at least ten times in December
last year and died Tuesday night at the Eric Williams Medical
Assee, of Sierra Vista Drive, Omera Road, Arima, was outside his
business at Ramcharan Street, St Augustine, with Dave John, 48,
and 11-year-old Kadeem Whiskey when a car drove by and opened
fire. John was shot in the right hip and Whiskey in the right ear.
Colin Murray, left, Carib Brewery Ltd's marketing director, Carla Furlonge-Walker, second from right, and Shehann Caruth, Stag's
brand manager, right, and brand ambassadors do the "KI" dance with Stag's latest endorsee, Kris "KI" Persad, centre, during the
media signing at the ANSA booth, Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: DAVID WEARS
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