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for 07TH MAY, 2013
Former national security minister Jack
Warner denied up to the last that he had
any knowledge of the existence of the New
Flying Squad Investigations Unit (NFSIU)
but new information shows members of
the unit were part of a joint air-surveillance
exercise by the National Security Opera-
tions Centre (NSOC) and T&T Air Guard
Continued T&T Guardian investigations
into the secret revival of the NFSIU revealed
that NFSIU members were part of the sur-
veillance of marijuana fields in various areas
of east Trinidad on October 5, 2012, along
with police and members of the T&T Reg-
iment s first and second battalion (infantry).
The exercise was arranged after NFSIU
members received a tip-off about the mar-
ijuana fields in east Trinidad, worth an esti-
mated $1 million.
The information, T&T Guardian learned,
was handed over to retired coast guard lieu-
tenant commander and NSOC director
Garvin Heerah by NFSIU head Mervyn
How members of the NFSIU ended up
aboard a helicopter which falls under the
auspices of the Ministry of National Security
without Warner s knowledge is unknown
but a Defence Force official confirmed to
the T&T Guardian that two members of
the NFSIU were part of the exercise.
"We had an exercise in the hot-spot area
in the east," said one, who did not want to
be named for fear of being reprimanded.
"It included joint air support from the
NSOC and the TTAG. It was a surveillance
exercise. The exercise was on October 5,
2012, involving police and members of the
Asked specifically if members of the
NFSIU were part of the exercise, the official
first replied: "What about the NFSIU you
Told the T&T Guardian had obtained a
copy of the report that showed NFSIU
members were part of the exercise, the offi-
cial then said: "Yes, but you know I prefer
not to comment about that."
NFSIU members were picked up at Camp
Cumuto in Wallerfield for the exercise.
Afterwards a report was submitted to
Warner and Heerah by retired police inspec-
tor Mervyn Cordner, who claimed he was
recalled by Warner to head the NFSIU. The
report recommended that surveillance
equipment should be installed close to the
marijuana fields, after their destruction, to
keep a watch on the area.
"The NFS team has observed that when
these fields are destroyed and the officers
move out of the area, the fields are replanted.
We can acquire technology to place cameras
in the forest to photograph and record the
planters," the report pointed out.
Neither NSOC director Heerah, who
assisted with the rental of eight vehicles for
the NFSIU, nor Warner, who has since
resigned as national security minister,
responded to text messages about the sur-
And while acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams has dismissed claims by
Cordner that the NFSIU helped police in
fighting crime, T&T Guardian investigations
continue to reveal otherwise.
Commenting briefly on the exercise last
week, Cordner only said: "Everything is
going to come out bit by bit, no matter how
Jack Warner tries to deny the existence of
"We did not know when the eradication
exercise took place. We were not part of
that exercise. We were part of the surveil-
lance exercise and assisted in obtaining the
information about the high-grade marijuana
fields in the east."
He added: "There was much more sur-
veillance work to be done but the police
acted quickly. The police were informed of
everything we did."
Cordner also reiterated that the NFSIU
was instrumental in helping solve the murder
of Chinese couple Yang Jiang Hua and Wu
Xia Hua, who were shot dead last July at
their family s home and business place,
Tiger s Chinese Restaurant, Cunupia.
Cordner s claims are corroborated by busi-
nessman Richard Koorn, owner of Donrich
Security Kennels, Factory Road, Golden
Grove, Arouca, where the NFSIU operated
for four months last year until being shut
down because of lack of funding.
Army official sheds more light on new unit
Flying Squad was
on drug exercise
The NFSIU was reportedly secretly
revived in July last year, months after
Warner signalled his intention to do so.
The original Flying Squad was first
formed in the 1970s but was disbanded
in 1980 after former police
commissioner Randolph Burroughs was
charged with conspiracy to murder.
Warner hinted at the possibility of
bringing back a "sanitised version" of
the squad last year but did not give a
The Police Complaints Authority has
started investigations into the revival of
the NFSIU. Statements have been
taken from Cordner and several other
NFSIU members. Koorn is expected to
meet with PCA officials to relate his
involvement with the NFSIU.
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The official added that sponsorship deals to
WINTV were also being queried by employees.
The deals were said to be more than $200,000 for
last year alone.
As a result of the recent developments, senior
CAL staff have expressed frustration over the
present management style and may protest today,
when the board is scheduled to meet.
Sources said yesterday that acting CAL CEO
Robert Corbie, who had butted heads with some
executives over recent decisions, had gone on seven
Staff are now calling on line minister Chandresh
Sharma to investigate the operations of CAL.
In response to a text message sent by T&T
Guardian to Sharma yesterday, asking if he was
aware of the request for the complimentary tickets,
the minister said, "No."
Telephone calls to CAL chairman Rabindra Moo-
nan were also unsuccessful as he did not return
calls or messages left.
While the airline struggles to stay afloat, T&T
Guardian investigations showed a 50 per cent dis-
count was approved on 25 airline tickets to Toron-
to.The ticket request was for the 2012 WINTV
Chutney in the Park at the Caribana festival.
The T&T Guardian also obtained copies of
invoices showing that for 2012, the airline also
WIN Radio spots closing and opening credits---
WIN Communications package for NCIC Indian
Arrival Day celebrations---$28,750
WIN Web site banner---$51,117.50
WINTV T20 Games held in Fort Lauderdale
(four confirmed economy tickets)---$50,000
WINTV Chutney in the Park Caribana (50 per
cent of 25 tickets)---$48,000
WINTV Divali Queen show ---$50,000
Maracas New York City Liberty Avenue Divali
2012 (two tickets to a Caribbean destination as a
WIN Radio Wet Fete (January 13, 2013 and Green
Event February 3, 2013)---$30,000
WIN Radio live link-up from New York 10.30
am to 11.30 am (January 20-December 31)-$72,000
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