Grenades found where Venezuelan gang boss held

Six live grenades were dis­cov­ered by po­lice in the same Point Fortin com­mu­ni­ty where Venezue­lan gang leader “El Cu­lon” was ar­rest­ed.

The find came five days af­ter the gang leader was held with firearms, am­mu­ni­tion and oth­er il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

Up to yes­ter­day, “El Cu­lon” was be­ing in­ter­ro­gat­ed by po­lice, how­ev­er, in­ves­ti­ga­tors are yet to say whether Wednes­day’s find was re­lat­ed to him or his gang known as El Evan­der

South West­ern Di­vi­sion (SWD) po­lice, who as­sist­ed with Wednes­day’s raid, said that while they have no in­for­ma­tion that crim­i­nals are plan­ning a mas­sive op­er­a­tion, which would in­clude the use of grenades, it was some­thing that oth­er arms of the Po­lice Ser­vice would probe.

At around 6 pm of­fi­cers of the Or­gan­ised Crime In­tel­li­gence Unit (OCIU), based on in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing, went to a house on War­den Road along with of­fi­cers of the South West­ern Di­vi­sion Task Force where the team found the live grenades in a black plas­tic bag. A search was made around the premis­es for oth­er weapons and pos­si­ble sus­pects, but none were found.

The grenades were tak­en in­to ev­i­dence as in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tin­ue to search for the cul­prits who pos­si­bly im­port­ed the il­le­gal fire­pow­er in­to the coun­try.

A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer told Guardian Me­dia that there was a pos­si­ble link be­tween the grenades com­ing in­to the coun­try and the in­flux of Venezue­lans. He said that while many of the Venezue­lans com­ing in­to T&T are seek­ing jobs, crim­i­nals have al­so been able to make their way in as well. An­oth­er of­fi­cer said that Venezue­lan gang mem­bers were still ex­chang­ing firearms for cash and food items.

Last Fri­day, po­lice raid­ed two hous­es in Spring Trace and War­den Road Ex­ten­sion where they found “El Cu­lon”, who was said to as­sume the lead­er­ship of El Evan­der. He was among eight il­le­gal Venezue­lan na­tion­als ar­rest­ed.

A 28-year-old lo­cal fish­er­man was al­so held in re­la­tion to the weapons seizure.

“El Cu­lon” is want­ed by Venezue­lan au­thor­i­ties for sev­er­al cross-bor­der crimes and po­lice be­lieve that the lo­cal fish­er­man helped to fa­cil­i­tate the il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties of El Evan­der in Trinidad.

Reporter: Kevo Felmine

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