A quantity of marijuana was discovered by officers of the Central Division Task Force and Central Division Major Crime Unit in the Cedros district during an anti-crime exercise yesterday.
Officers under the supervision of Snr. Supt. Inraj Balram and ASP (Ag.) Richard Smith, conducted the exercise between 11 am and 5 pm, on Thursday 18th October, 2018, during which they proceeded to Bamboo Village, Cedros.
Popular radio personality Ricardo “Gladiator” Welch was murdered in Sam Boucaud, Santa Cruz this morning.
The talk show host was gunned down in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting along Santa Lucia Drive.
Welch, 54, lived in the area.
According to reports, Welch was driving to work in his Toyota Prado when he was attacked by a gunman. His Toyota Prado ran off the roadway and crashed into a wall.
Two men are expected to appear before a San Fernando Magistrate today, charged with the wasteful employment of police time after faking their own kidnappings.
The action has incurred the ire of Southern Division Snr Supt Zamsheed Mohammed, who warned yesterday that police would not tolerate false reporting. He said kidnapping is a high priority offence which requires significant manpower as the CID, Task Force, Anti- Kidnapping Squad, Cybercrime and other units are deployed immediately.
A quantity of marijuana was seized by officers of the South Western Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Palo Seco district.
The exercise, coordinated by Snr. Supt. Neville Adams and Supt. Deonarine Basdeo, was conducted between 2 am and 4 pm on Wednesday.
During the exercise, officers were patrolling an area off Beach Road, Palo Seco, when they observed a man disembarking a pirogue with two crocus bags in his hands.
As the officers approached the suspect, he dropped the bags and ran back to the boat, which then sped off.
Police are investigating a shooting incident at MovieTowne in Port-of-Spain.
Initial reports indicate that a man was shot in the front of MovieTowne near the Pricemart carpark.
The man ran to the back of MovieTowne to Festa Plaza and stopped outside the Royal Princess Members Club where he sought help from persons there.
He was later taken for medical attention.
We will have more information when we get it.
The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) says the silence of major interest groups to the high rate of murders of prison officers, is not serving the country well.
DOMA says there must be an urgent response to the murders of prison officers.
The organisation issued the following statement on Wednesday:
"We wish to offer sincere condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Prison Officer Darren Francis.
Police are now reviewing video footage as they search for 24-year-old Jonathan Ramcharan, who was reportedly kidnapped at a shopping centre in San Fernando this morning.
Ramcharan had reportedly left his Gasparillo home to go to the bank to conduct business. Police are firstly trying to ascertain if he made it to the bank and which bank he went to.
Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Haji Kazim Hosein has ordered an investigation into suspected building approval corruption at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation.
This follows the submission of documents by Cunupia Councillor Vandana Mohit alluding to improper practices at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation's building department.
This comes after a recent shooting incident at the councillor's home, which she has called a reprisal for her questioning delays in the building approval process for certain burgesses in her electoral district.