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The underground racket of diesel bunkering
was dealt another blow by lawmen yesterday,
after two storage tanks were discovered in Sea
This was the third time for the year that illegal
bunkering activity has been discovered an the
According to police reports, around 2.30 pm
officers of the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) were
on patrol in the Sea Lots area, just off Pioneer
Drive, when they discovered the two underground
tanks on an abandoned lot of land.
The tanks were estimated to be 12 feet deep
with close to four feet of diesel in each tank, and
were close to the shoreline.
The officers also found a pump and several hoses
used to fill the tanks of boats that officers believe
went into the mangrove from the Gulf of Paria to
fill up on fuel.
Chairman of the National Petroleum (NP), Neil
Gosine, visited the site yesterday and ordered that
the tanks be excavated and returned to NP.
The task entailed the tanks being emptied,
removed from beneath the earth and refilled with
the fuel they had before being transported to the
nearby NP Sea Lots headquarters.
Gosine said checks would be made to see if there
are any other tanks buried on the abandoned lot.
When the T&T Guardian arrived on the scene
yesterday, officers were seen standing guard at the
site of the latest find, which was estimated to be
worth upward of $100,000.
NP officials said the tanks would have been
there for sometime, due to the corrosion seen on
them, adding the illegal bunkering racket is being
vigorously pursued by the Ministry of National
Security, NP and the Energy Ministry.
In June, police also discovered another illegal
diesel racket at Pioneer Drive, Sea Lots. On that
occasion two men were arrested. In August, police
also discovered diesel stored in four tanks off
Pioneer Drive, worth an estimated $90,000.
Inspect Sahadeo Singh, of the Besson Street
Police Station, along with Snr Sup Clayton Alleyne
visited the scene yesterday.
Besson Street police are continuing investiga-
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The prison officers began their "go slow"
protest last week, days after their colleague
Andy Rogers was shot dead at a construction
site in Malabar on November 7. Last Monday,
another officer, Krishna Merhair, of Tunapuna
Road, Tunapuna, was also shot near his
home. He survived the attack.
Since the officers protest began, there
have been several reports of violent incidents
between prisoners, including one last Friday
in which eight prisoners were stabbed in a
There were also reports yesterday that a
group of prisoners at the Golden Grove prison
had set their cells on fire in protest but this
could not be officially confirmed up to last
Speaking with the T&T Guardian by tele-
phone yesterday, Martinez said he hoped
the initiative would be successful in alleviating
the concerns raised by his officers and the
"We have to try every solution. If that
will bring some desired results to the process
I am all for it," Martinez said.
However, he pleaded with the POA to end
their protest action before the prison system
descends into chaos.
"If this place descends into chaos, I am
putting that squarely on the feet of the exec-
utive of the association," Martinez said.
"Any prisoner get kill from now on, or
any officer get kill, the executive is to blame
for that because they keep on heightening
the tension unnecessarily," he added.
While he said some protest action was
justifiable in the wake of the violent attacks
on officers, he accused the association of
"It is a process I have asked them to give
us some time to get things going. We are
trying but Rome was not built in a day, the
problem did not come overnight so the solu-
tions would not be found overnight," he said.
Martinez warned the officers that if pris-
oners continued to be neglected because of
the action, they (the officers) would be direct-
"If the prisoners are not fed on time, they
are denied visits, or are in anyway disad-
vantaged, it would be to the tragedy of the
officers because they will feel the backlash,"
Several calls were made to Gordon s cell-
phone and that of association s president
Ceron Richards last evening but they all
National Security Minister Griffith said
he did not want to comment on the work
of the committee until the PM officially
speaks on the issue.
Khan also declined to comment on his
appointment and his role on the committee
when contacted yesterday.
Sea Lots again
National Petroleum chairman Neil Gosine, second from left, chats with Senior Supt Clayton Alleyne, second from right and Insp Sahadeo
Singh, right, as they check out the illegal diesel bunker found in Sea Lots, Laventille, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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