Father, son to be charged with 'Secret Sunday' offences

A Valsayn businessman and his son who were both detained in a raid by police officers from the Special Operations Response Team(SORT) at Lady Chancellor Heights, Port-of-Spain early this morning are expected to be charged for the possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Senior investigators told Guardian Media that the businessman and his son had been formally charged in 2016 with similar offences which are still before the courts.

The men were held with 18 other males and 22 women at a party termed Secret Sunday.

The other males held during the raid investigators say will be held relevant to other inquiries and may likely be released later on.

Investigators say contrary to reports the house was not a guest house, but rather a four-storey dwelling house.

"They had no liquor license but they were selling alcohol on the premises and charging people to come into the house $60. They also did not have any fire clearance. We have nothing official to say its a guest house either," a senior investigator revealed.

Investigators told Guardian Media that most of the women are non-na­tion­als with no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in their pos­ses­sion.

They were al­leged­ly en­gaged in lewd danc­ing, pos­si­ble pros­ti­tu­tion and child en­dan­ger­ment as sev­er­al of them are be­lieved to be mi­nors.

Several other law enforcement agencies were also called in to assist in the investigation.

The Child Protection Unit, Counter-Trafficking Unit(CTU) and Immigration officials were also interviewing the foreign nationals.

Just af­ter mid­night on Mon­day, act­ing on in­tel­li­gence, SORT of­fi­cers headed by Sgt Mark Hernandez con­duct­ed a sting op­er­a­tion at the house where the women, along with 20 men, were ar­rest­ed. 

Po­lice al­so found and seized a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion, nar­cotics and a large amount of cash.

Guardian Me­dia un­der­stands that an ad­ver­tise­ment was is­sued to high­light the event.

It was ti­tled "Can you keep a se­cret?" and gave de­tails for a "Se­cret Sun­days Latin EDM Pri­vate Pool Par­ty."

It al­so ad­ver­tised that the event would be at a se­cret lo­ca­tion where "Se­cret Plea­sures Await" along with a What­sApp num­ber for in­ter­est­ed per­sons to mes­sage for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and the lo­ca­tion.

It end­ed by stat­ing: "Make Sun­days your Se­cret."

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith led the op­er­a­tions with of­fi­cers of SORT, the Port-of-Spain Task Force, Ca­nine and Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice.

- by Mark Bassant

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