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carrying $2m ganja
in patrol SUV
Two police of icers were last night assisting
their colleagues in investigations, after they
were held transporting an estimated $2 million
in marijuana, three illegal irearms and several
bottles of alcohol in a marked police vehicle in
Cedros on Tuesday.
According to a police report, at about 4.30
pm a party of police from the Oro-
pouche station, including Sgts Ali
and George Sgts Ali and George, in-
tercepted the police vehicle - a Nissan
Xtrail - in the area after receiving a
The vehicle was searched and
four crocus bags containing the com-
pressed marijuana, three pistols and a quan-
tity of 9mm ammunition and 11 bottles of Anis
alcohol were seized. The of icers and another
man in the vehicle were arrested and taken to
the Oropouche Police Station.
Later that night the of icers were handed
over to of icers of the Organised Crime, Nar-
cotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) for ques-
tioning. It is said the of icers were coming from
the Cedros area and making their way north.
Sgt Durga of OCNFB is continuing investiga-
tions. - Rhondor Dowlat
JENSEN LA VENDE
The 32-year-old Santa Cruz man who threat-
ened to kill a 17-year-old MIC Institute of Tech-
nolo y (MIC IT) trainee during a stand off
with police on Monday, is now facing some 10
charges arising out of the incident.
The man, from Gasparillo Road, Santa Cruz,
was initially expected to be charged last night.
However, he will be placed on further identi i-
cation parades today before charges are laid.
The charges include shooting at two
police of icers, possession of a gun
and ammunition, possession of the
gun and ammunition to endanger
life and assault. The man is expected
to be charged by two of icers, a corpo-
ral and an assist superintendent (ASP), who
have been investigating the crimes he is alleged
to have committed.
Up to late last night investigators were going
over statements and seeking advice from sen-
ior of icers in relation to the best way forward
with the case, as such incidents were in rela-
tively uncharted legal territory.
Senior police sources told the T&T Guardian
that the man is expected to be charged under
the Taking of Hostages Act, which carries a life
According to reports, the suspect arrived at
the O'Meara campus in a taxi with a 20-year-
old female trainee. The taxi driver then got out
the vehicle and went to campus security indi-
cating the passengers had been arguing and the
man had threatened to kill the woman.
Police were contacted but when they ar-
rived the suspect engaged in a shoot-out with
them. The suspect then ran into the school
hall and grabbed the teenager, who had on
headphones and did not realise the commo-
tion going on around him. The suspect held a
gun to the teen's head for 10 minutes before
police convinced him to give up after he asked
to speak with his sister and a pastor.
Sir Trevor to
Calypso Queen of the World Calypso Rose
and internationally renowned journal-
ist Sir Trevor McDonald have both been
nominated to receive the country's high-
est award, the T&T Guardian has learnt.
However, Rose, 77, whose real name is
Linda McCartha Sandy-Lewis, will not be
in the country on Sunday to receive her
Order of the Republic of Trinidad and To-
bago (ORTT) as she is currently in New
York recording a new album. McDonald,
78, is expected to be present.
This will be Rose's third national award
in a career that has spanned more than
60 years. In 1975, she won her irst na-
tional award when she was the recipient
of the Public Service Medal of Merit Sil-
ver. Fifteen years later in 2000, Rose then won the
Hummingbird Medal Gold.
This year has been a successful one for Rose after
she copped World Album of the Year at the Victoire
de la Musique award ceremony in France in February.
That award is considered the French equivalent of a
Grammy award. In July, Caribbean Airlines (CAL) also
named a Boeing 737 aircraft in Rose's honour.
While McDonald has been honoured internation-
ally, this year is the irst time he will receive a national
award. In 1999, McDonald was knighted by Prince
Charles at Buckingham Palace after 26 years as one
of the United Kingdom's most well-known television
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Sir Trevor in 1973 be-
came the irst black reporter for British-based news
and content provider Independent Television News
In his career, McDonald interviewed several world
leaders, including South African president Nelson
Mandela, Libya's leader and Muammar Gadda i and
Iraq's Saddam Hussein. He was named Newscaster of
the Year in 1993, 1997 and 1999 in the United King-
This is the irst year that the country's na-
tional awards will be held on Republic Day
In July, President Anthony Carmona an-
nounced that the National Awards would no
longer be held on Independence Day, as had
become the custom.
Carmona said it was "more appropriate" to have the
awards ceremony on Republic Day and that it would
be a great way for citizens to celebrate this country's
self-governance "meaningfully and with great hon-
The of icial list of winners is normally distributed
to the media the day before the actual awards with
names of the winners kept secret until then.
On Tuesday, however, soca artiste Fay Ann Lyons-Al-
varez took to social media to announce her husband,
Ian "Bunji Garlin" Alvarez, had been nominated for
the Hummingbird Silver award.
Mc Cartha Sandy-Lewis
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