Police destroy marijuana field worth $5M in St. Ann's

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 11:00

The TTPS discovered a marijuana field in St. Ann's while searching for two suspects who shot and wounded a police officer.

The following is the full TTPS media statement:

The hunt for two armed men who shot and wounded an on duty police officer in Morvant, has resulted in the discovery of a marijuana field, with an estimated street value of $5Mn.

The field was stumbled upon by officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force, while searching the Mt. Hololo, St. Ann’s area, and later destroyed by officers of the Organised Crime Narcotics and Firearms Bureau, yesterday.

The injured officer attached to Police Administration, Port of Spain, was proceeding along Lady Young Road, Morvant, around 3:15pm on Monday 21st August, 2017, in a marked police vehicle, when he was informed by a passing motorist that two men were seen acting suspiciously in the area.

The officer called for backup and proceeded to investigate the matter. As he turned unto Textel Road, the officer observed two men, one dressed in a coverall.

Upon seeing the police vehicle, one of the suspects who was armed with a gun, fired in the officer’s direction.

The officer exited the vehicle and returned fire, however, the two suspects ran off. The officer then realized he had been shot in the upper left arm.

He was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital by officers of the IATF, where he was treated for gunshot wounds, which were not deemed life threatening and subsequently discharged.

Officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force who responded to the report of the shooting, and acting on information received, proceeded to Mt. Hololo Road, St. Ann’s, and conducted a comprehensive search for the two suspects.

During the search, the officers came upon the marijuana field, which was destroyed by officers of the OCNFB, with the assistance of the Viper 3 helicopter.

No arrests were made in connection with the find or the shooting.