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Aleah Cain, a mere 15 years
old, told her mother on Monday
she was afraid to die.
One day later, a gunman made
her fear become a reality when
he opened fire on both Cain and
her boyfriend, 20-year-old Odell
Charles, in the heart of Belmont.
According to police, Cain and
Charles were walking along Bel-
mont Circular Road around 10
pm when a gunman opened fire
on the couple from inside a silver
Nissan Primera, hitting Cain.
Cain, who has a six-week-old
daughter, Sophie, was shot once
in the chest. The bullet pierced
her lungs and heart before exiting
through her back. She died shortly
after arriving at the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital. Charles escaped
Speaking with members of the
media outside the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre, St James, yesterday,
Cain s mother, Lauren, promised
to take care of her granddaugh-
"That is my child. She was
loved by me. I know people would
have things to say but I don t care.
She was my daughter. I have my
pain to go through but God is the
boss," the elder Cain said, pointing
out that she only became aware
of her daughter s pregnancy when
she was five months pregnant.
The grieving mother said her
daughter, an aspiring interior
designer, was loved by all.
Cain said her daughter was not
the type to be outside much. She
said she had gone to a nearby par-
lour to buy snacks and was on
her way back to her Farrell Street
home when she was shot.
The former St Martin s pupil
had been taking evening classes
since last year, her mother said.
She joked that the classes turned
out to be Sophie whose birth has
not yet been registered, a male
Cain said throughout her
daughter s pregnancy she was
there for her and was present at
the delivery. She told reporters it
did not make any sense putting
her child out of her house.
She added: "I loved my daugh-
ter and I stood with her through
everything. If I had to do it again
I would. That is my child.
"Sophie is my daughter. She
(Cain) made that child for me. I
love her. Just as how I would treat
my other children I would treat
She added that police were once
interested in pursuing a case of
sex with a minor against the
child s father but he was not
around to be interviewed.
Asked about her thoughts on
her daughter s killing Cain said:
"I angry, I angry, I angry! Is too
much innocent people losing their
lives for nothing. "
Cain s killing was the country s
39th for the year. There was 29
murders during the corresponding
period last year.
GEISHA KOWLESSAR & KHAMAL
Acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams yesterday refused
to comment on the ongoing probe by
Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) and local law enforcement offi-
cials into the recent TT$644 million
cocaine haul in the United States.
Asked about the state of the status
of the collaborative effort during the
weekly police press briefing, Williams
said: "I am not in a position to com-
ment on that investigation. As soon
as I am in a position I will reveal to
the media all I can reveal. At this point
in time I am not in a position to com-
ment on that investigation."
Pressed further, he added: "I cannot
comment at all on that at this time."
He also made it clear that no official
from the Police Service had made any
comment on the investigation.
Asked about security for containers
at the country s ports, Williams said:
"The TTPS continues to make the clear
position it is critical that we have an
improved system of securing and it is
not limited to legal port of entires. I
have made recommendations on how
we can secure our borders and publicly
stated those at other forums."
Williams s comments came even as
further T&T Guardian investigations
yesterday revealed that the illegal cargo
initially seized by United States Cus-
toms and Border Protection officers
was hidden among not only 1,600 cases
of Trinidad Juices (800 each of orange
and grapefruit) but also 700 cases of
Apple J soft drinks.
In all, 2,300 cases of juices and soft
drinks were used to hide the over 700
tins of juices which stored the cocaine.
A search for the companies behind
the shipment also revealed not only
defunct entities but fictitious people
behind them as well and people on
both sides assisting in a well organised
trans-national drug ring.
SM Jaleel has maintained it played
no part in shipping of the drugs and
said on Tuesday an internal examina-
tion had showed the labels on the cans
Contacted on the matter yesterday,
Hayden Charles, executive director of
Joseph Charles Bottling Works and
Transport Limited, whose company
manufacturers Apple J, an award-win-
ning brand, said it was the first time
he was hearing of his products being
found in the container.
"This is news to me. I am surprised
by this," Charles said.
He said, however, that the soft drinks
could have ended up in the container
via several means and were not nec-
essarily bought directly from the com-
Saying the Christmas season was
normally very hectic, Charles added:
"During that time we have quite a
number of wholesalers coming to buy
goods and one wholesaler could easily
buy that number of cases and more."
He said he believed it would be easier
to purchase the cases as wholesalers
rather than directly from the company
as that would make it more difficult
to pick up a paper trail.
He said it was unfortunate that SM
Jaleel had been forced to defend its
good name as "it could happen to any-
Parts of west Trinidad, from
Diego Martin to Chaguaramas,
were left in darkness last evening
after a fire broke out at the
Trinidad and Tobago Electricity
Commission s Westmoorings
sub-station around 6.08 pm yes-
Firefighters brought the fire
under control just before 7 pm
and T&TEC corporate commu-
nications manager, Annabelle
Brasnell, said power was to be
restored to all the affected areas
"Once they have brought
everything under control, we
expect that we can transfer the
load to another transformer and
return service to affected cus-
tomers," Brasnell said
Asked about the cause of the
blaze, Brasnell said: "We have no
details. We can t determine the
cause until the blaze is out and
the Fire Service give us some more
information about the situation."
Around 6.30 pm yesterday,
people started tweeting about a
loud explosion in the Diego Mar-
tin area. Minutes later, people
were posting photos of the blaze
at the sub-station, which is near
West Mall. The fire was extin-
guished about an hour after it
The affected areas included
Diego Martin, Shore Lands, Care-
nage and "Down the Islands".
An empty 20-foot container was
sourced, via a broker, who then contacted
local transport company, Basics Trans-
port Limited, to transport it to be stuffed
and carry it to the Port of Port-of-Spain
on behalf of Caribbean Sea Works Ltd,
the T&T Guardian learned yesterday.
Director of Basics Transport Ltd,
Apollo Arjoon, said for the past three
years he had been doing work for
Caribbean Sea Works Ltd through a bro-
ker but maintained that during that time
he did not know the owner or directors
of the company.
A source close to the Customs and
Excise Division yesterday said it was not
a broker, however, but rather a customs
clerk holding the rank of either a grade
two or three who had been directly sign-
ing documents for Caribbean Sea Works
The source said the clerk would ensure
documents could go through easily with-
out being flagged.
A former employee of Caribbean Sea
Works Ltd, who did not want to be iden-
tified, said yesterday the company was
into marine construction and had been
defunct for years.
The former employee said three years
before O Sullivan died a man began
doing work for the company.
"He basically kept to himself and no
one really knew anything about him.
What is interesting in this whole thing
is that only very few people working at
the company would know about the
name Caribbean Sea Works because that
was the name the owner used to do
business abroad and that was not on
many occasions," he said.
"In most instances he used the name
Sea Works Ltd as he did many local
projects, including for the government
at the time, like building jetties," the
former employee added.
The shipment was sent to a trading
company in Virginia which seems to
exist on paper only and to a consignee
who also appears to have been a "ghost."
CoP mum on
...Customs clerk acts as broker
Fire knocks out power in west Trinidad
Fire rages from the T&TEC Westmoorings sub-station yesterday. The fire started in a transformer just
after 6 pm and was brought under control by firefighters in just over an hour. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
COCAINE HIDDEN IN JUICE, SOFT DRINK LOAD
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