Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 18th 2018 Contents KEVON FELMINE
A police jacket, bulletproof vest
and three guns were among sev-
eral illegal items seized by South-
ern Division police over the past
A three-year-old boy and his
seven-year-old cousin were also
left in the care of their landlord
in Princes Town on Thursday
evening, after their parents were
caught in possession of narcotics
During the operations coordi-
nated by Snr Supt Mohammed,
ASP Ramdeen and Insp Gajadhar,
Princes Town CID of icers ex-
ecuted a search warrant at an
apartment in Lothian Gardens
shortly after 5 pm.
The team, which included Sgt
Ramlogan, Cpl Nanan, PC Clar-
ence and PC Isaac, found a 27-year-
old ex-convict, who has a pending
matter for a sexual offence, in the
apartment along with his 21-year-
old brother and 21-year-old com-
mon-law wife, who is a nursing
student. The children were also
present in the apartment at the
time of the raid.
While searching the apart-
ment, Cpl Nanan found a .38 re-
volver loaded with four rounds
of 9 mm ammunition hidden in a
sill, while a Browning pistol with
three rounds of ammunition and
bag containing 93 grammes of
high-grade marijuana were found
under a bed. The children were
handed over to the landlord by re-
quest, while the adults were taken
to the Princes Town Police Sta-
tion for questioning. They are ex-
pected to appear before a Princes
Town Magistrate tomorrow.
In La Romaine on Friday, South-
ern Division Task Force and CID
of icers, including Sgt Parasram,
Sgt Ramroop, Cpl Bacchus, PC
Pulchan, PC Jacob, were conduct-
ing a sweep of the drug blocks in
La Romaine. The of icers went to a
house at Stella Street, where they
searched a bushy area and found
a green bulletproof vest and a blue
tactical police jacket.
The of icers went to an aban-
doned lot at George Street and
found a 9 mm pistol. A 38-year-
old drug dealer was also held with
65 grammes of cocaine and 200
grammes of marijuana at a house
along the same street. Eight oth-
ers were arrested for varying of-
Sunday, February 18, 2018
A Diego Martin man was fatally
shot on Friday night, pushing the
country's murder toll to 82 for the
Dead is Gabriel "Blackboy"
Cupid of Simeon Road.
Cupid originally lived at Simeon
Road but had been staying at Pio-
neer Drive for some time.
According to reports, around 8
pm on Friday after hearing sev-
eral gunshots, residents at Pio-
neer Drive found Cupid lying in
a pool of blood on the roadway.
Residents contacted Western Di-
vision police of icers who arrived
at the scene and took Cupid to
hospital. However, he was pro-
nounced dead on arrival at the
Several spent bullet shells were
also recovered at the scene.
Investigations are continuing.
Police property found during raids
Phones, laptops, iPads seized
Out of the 15 people detained in
connection with the alleged plot
to disrupt the 2018 Carnival festiv-
ities, the majority were released
mainly due to writs of habeas cor-
But a senior police of icial said
yesterday the case was from from
complete or closed.
"Being released due to such a
writ doesn't mean you're home
free," a senior police of icial noted.
Of icials - as well as attorneys for
some detainees - con irmed that
laptops, phones and other items
were seized by police and kept.
One detainee, who's an informa-
tion technolo y expert and who
went to Turkey and was turned
back from going further and re-
turned home, was relieved of a
number of phones, laptops, Ipads,
tablets and similar equipment he
uses in his business, his attorney
"We'll undertake legal action on
the con iscation of his equipment
and also for false imprisonment
within the next two weeks," the at-
He said police didn't ask his cli-
ent about ISIS, but told him he'd
been on their radar for a long time
and had been followed and his
phone conversations recorded.
"But my client had no record and
is of good character. The police
who spoke to him asked if he was
going to sue the state, apologised
and said they were acting under
Another Port-of Spain-based at-
torney for a another detainee who's
allegedly on suspension from his
job, also said his client would sue
for wrongful arrest soon, though
security of icers had told him in
questioning he wasn't a "suspect"
but was of interest due to a story
about him (not in the Guardian)
which he's denied.
"My client had gone to Haj in
Saudi Arabia in 2014. We'll be send-
ing the required pre-action proto-
col letter which allows 28 days for
response and following that we'll
know what to draft," the lawyers
But the state, expected to ield
similar lawsuits from other detain-
ees, is now focusing on the An-
ti-Gang and Anti Terrorism bills.
Their implementation could pro-
vide information from the former
bill which could fully operational-
ise the latter, sources said.
The police bulletproof vest which was seized during raids.
Gabriel "Blackboy" Cupid
The gun and ammunition seized
during raids by police.
Cops keep freed Carnival plot detainees' property
On Thursday February 8, Trinidad
and Tobago Police Service Public
Information Officer, acting ASP
Michael Jackman, announced that
four people had been arrested in
connection with a threat to disrupt
2018 Carnival celebrations.
Police had conducted searches at
the Nur-E-Islam Masjid in San Juan,
as well as private residences at
Mohammedville and Mustapha Lane
in El Socorro, San Juan.
On Saturday February 10, acting
Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams announced that three more
suspects had been held, bringing the
total number of those detained to
On Monday February 12, the masjid
and administration building of the
Darul Uloom Islamic school were
Eventually, 15 people in all were
detained for questioning in
connection with the threat to disrupt
Between Wednesday February 14 and
15, five of the suspects were released.
The released were Tariq Mohammed,
Fawaz Ali, Clint Rivers, Kersen
Mohammed and Imam Lennox Agard.
On Friday, February 16, all except two
were released. Among those released
were Mustapha Khan, Muhammad
Salaam, Imam Yasin and Shaheed
The only two to be charged were Adil
Mansano and Alisha Thomas, who
were charged with possession of a
Carnival terror plot time-line
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