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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
A man has been shot and killed in Belmont.
According to reports shortly after 4:30 this morning residents of Durant Street heard several loud explosions.
Police were contacted and on arrival discovered the body of a man lying in a pool of blood near a drain.
The wounded man was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Police are investigating.
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.
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.