National Security

Animal smugglers elude police

A three-toed sloth na­tive to South Amer­i­ca died af­ter smug­glers flung it over a precipice in Morne Di­a­blo, on Tuesday af­ter smug­glers were tipped off that the po­lice were hot on their trail.

Po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion around mid­day that the sloth, 18 par­rots, a tou­can, a yel­low-foot tor­toise, five ba­by Ca­puchin mon­keys and a ba­by wild hog, were be­ing of­floaded from a boat at Morne Di­a­blo beach.

It is be­lieved that the an­i­mals were smug­gled from Venezuela.

Illegal immigrants being kept at police stations

Il­le­gal im­mi­grants are cur­rent­ly be­ing kept at po­lice sta­tions as there con­tin­ue to be in­suf­fi­cient space at the Im­mi­gra­tion De­ten­tion Cen­tre in Aripo.

This was re­vealed by Min­is­ter of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Stu­art Young in the Sen­ate on Tues­day. Young was asked by Op­po­si­tion Sen­a­tor Wade Mark in light of state­ments made by the Chief Im­mi­gra­tion Of­fi­cer that ex­er­cis­es to de­tain il­le­gal im­mi­grants are on halt be­cause there is no more room at the fa­cil­i­ty.

Deosaran: Media must be more responsible covering reputed gang leaders

Criminologist Professor Ramesh Deosaran is batting for Police Commissioner Gary Griffith saying that the media has to be more responsible how it covers stories associated with reputed gang leaders.

Deosaran in a media release said that Commissioner Griffith should add to his comments "the extent to which widespread media publicity of gang suspects unwittingly helps to perpetrate the be-jeweled gang culture and attract recruits".

In essence, Deosaran said this would allow the media to better understand the "gangster challenges" faced by the commissioner.

Griffith tells Burke to report errant officers

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice (CoP) Gary Grif­fith has re­mind­ed cit­i­zens that there are mech­a­nisms in place to seek re­dress should any mem­ber of the pub­lic feel ag­griev­ed by the ac­tions of mem­bers of the Po­lice Ser­vice.

Grif­fith made the state­ment on the heels of al­le­ga­tions made by Sea Lots com­mu­ni­ty leader Cedric “Burkie” Burke about the con­duct of of­fi­cers dur­ing a raid.

MATT: Griffith should be more temperate in choice of words

The Media Association is calling on Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to be more temperate in his choice of words so that he would not appear to be against freedom of speech.

The statement comes in response to Griffith's comments on The Morning Brew Monday, in which he challenged the media's decision to interview people and family of people he said were not on the right side of the law.

MATT says it is not in a war with the police.

The association issued the following statement on Monday:

Machel Monday tickets for good road practices

Soca superstar Machel Montano is the latest artiste to show support for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), by donating 40 tickets for his premier event, Machel Monday, to its ‘I Support Our Service’ (ISOS) initiative.

During a brief meeting with Commissioner of Police (CoP) Gary Griffith, at the CoP’s office, at the Police Administration Building today, Montano shared his excitement to see the various innovative ways the TTPS has chosen to address crime in the country.

Chemist, Spanish in court for drug possession

Two Beetham residents, Kenneth 'Spanish' Rodriguez and Ancel 'Chemist' Villafana have appeared in court on drug-related charges.

The two men were among many held by police in recently operations in Port-of-Spain communities and were both charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

They appeared before MagistrateCheryl Ann Blake in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court today.

Spanish pleaded guilty and was fined $2,000 while Chemist pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of $25,000.

He will reappear in court on March 18.

Burke: Daughters traumatised by police raid

Com­mu­ni­ty leader Cedric “Burkie” Burke yes­ter­day ap­pealed to po­lice of­fi­cers to re­spect women’s pri­va­cy when car­ry­ing out raids.

In a brief in­ter­view near his Sea Lots home short­ly af­ter he was re­leased from po­lice cus­tody yes­ter­day morn­ing, Burke claimed po­lice of­fi­cers act­ed in­ap­pro­pri­ate­ly to his fe­male rel­a­tives when they ar­rest­ed him and raid­ed two of his homes last week.

Wanted man arrested in D’Abadie

The coun­try’s most want­ed man, de­scribed by po­lice as very dan­ger­ous and a sus­pect in sev­er­al mur­ders dat­ing back to 2016, was ar­rest­ed in an Op­er­a­tion Strike Back an­ti-crime po­lice ex­er­cise over the week­end.

Act­ing in in­tel­li­gence re­ceived, of­fi­cers led by ACP Mc Don­ald Ja­cob went an apart­ment in D’abadie and ar­rest­ed the 30-year-old sus­pect. They said they found in his pos­ses­sion a loaded Glock 17 pis­tol, an ex­tend­ed mag­a­zine clip con­tain­ing eight rounds of 9 mm am­mu­ni­tion and a sock with 32 rounds of 9 mm am­mu­ni­tion.