Former 'Sandman' acquaintance held

One of the main suspects, who was held in connection with this morning's quadruple murder in Las Cuevas where reputed drug and gun smuggler, Vaughn 'Sandman' Mieres, his wife, Alika "Letty" Dehere and two others were killed has been identified as one of Mieres' key acquaintance.

The suspect, police said was shot and wounded by police during a chase. He is currently at a medical institution under heavy police guard.

Investigators said the plan executed seemed to be well-orchestrated as the gunmen entered the area in a Hyundai Tucson and AD Wagon which they burnt and escaped via a waiting pirogue.

Police said high-powered assault rifles were used in the deadly attack that occurred shortly after 4 am.

Mieres, Dehere and two of his bodyguards, whose names are yet to be disclosed were killed. It is believed that the killings were linked to an incident in June where there was an attempt on the lives of two of Mieres' children.

Police said they received information that Mieres found out who was the mastermind and henchmen involved in that attack and we're suspected to be planning "deadly revenge".

Police officers from several units including Homicide and Crime Scene Investigations are currently processing the scene.

The entire area is cordoned off. Mieres lived in a split level house on a hill overlooking the coastal waters.

There are also aerial searches and surveillance being done by helicopters belonging to the Strategic Services Agency. The coast guard are also patrolling the waters.

On June 12, gunmen opened fire on a vehicle transporting two of Mieres' children along Belmont Circular Road, near Providence Girls' Catholic School, a short distance away from the Belmont Police Station.

Three stu­dents were treat­ed for in­juries and men­tal trau­ma, af­ter the dri­ve-by shoot­ing. 

The driver of the van transporting the children, James Gordon, of Maracas was also shot but managed to escape by running away.

Two of the in­jured, aged six and 15, were identified as Mieres' children.

They were taken to the Port-of-Spain Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal for emer­gency treat­ment.

Another 18-year-old stu­dent was shot in her leg.

In September 2017, Mieres was charged with conspiracy to murder Selwyn ‘Robocop’ Alexis, in October 2014.

Alexis, the leader of an Enterprise, Chaguanas gang, was murdered on July 17 2016.

Mieres, 44, of School Street, Las Cuevas Village, appeared before Senior Magistrate Nanette Forde-John, in the Port of Spain 8th Magistrates’ Court, and was later released on $450,000 bail.

Mieres was arrested after police executed a search warrant at his home for dangerous drugs between the hours of 11 pm on August 30, 2017 and 8.15 pm on August 31, 2017.

During the search police allegedly seized US$5,330, TT$1,100 in cash and several pieces of camouflage clothing.

Mieres had been arrested during the 2011 State of Emergency and was later charged with being a gang leader.

He was subsequently released on bail.

 - by Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant

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