The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is urging citizens who have been placed in witness protection, to stay there while they need that special cover.
The appeal comes in the wake of the murder of 44-year-old Raffick Hosein, of Fitts Road, Biche.
He was gunned down at his Biche home at about 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon.
He was a state witness in a double murder case and had been receiving death threats.
Police say he seldom left his home.
A Biche gardener is expected to appear before a Rio Claro Magistrate charged with the 2010 double murder of Shantel Byer and her boyfriend, Jevon Ferris Murray.
Rishi Jawahir, 42, of Cunapo Main Road, Biche, was also charged with possession of firearm and possession of ammunition, following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul on Sunday.
Byer, 16, of Tunapuna and Murray, 20, of Biche, were walking along Cunapo Main Road, Biche, on Saturday 19th June, 2010, when they were approached by a gunman who shot at them.
Marijuana trees and cured marijuana worth an estimated TT$4.95 million, were found and destroyed by officers of the Eastern Division Task Force. According to police reports, officers proceeded to a forested area in Biche where they came across five fields on 10 lots of land.
The lots contained 4,700 fully grown marijuana trees, 1,000 seedlings, 25 kilogrammes of dried marijuana and 25 kilogrammes of seeds.
The trees, seeds, seedlings and dried marijuana were all subsequently destroyed.
Nestled amid the lush forests where a thick canopy conceals flourishing marijuana plantations, lies the scenic community of Biche.
With a population of over 4,000, residents say the area is one of the most peaceful. The news that the Government is considering the decriminalisation of marijuana this year, some residents believe the fertile lands in Biche will now attract outsiders to their community and possibly disrupt their easy-going way of life.
Almost two million dollars’ worth in marijuana trees discovered in a camp in the Biche area has been destroyed by officers of the Eastern Division.
The exercise which was supervised by Sgt. (Ag.) Mahabir took place on December 5th also included officers attached to the Eastern Division Task Force Area Central and South.
According to police reports, during the exercise, officers proceeded into a forested area along Kowlessar Trace, Biche, where they discovered a camp containing 1800 fully grown marijuana trees.
A Biche man is expected to appear before a Rio Claro Magistrate today, charged with the 2015 murder of his wife’s uncle, Krishendath Mahabir.
Narish Jawahir, 34, of Cunapo Southern Main Road, Biche, was charged with murder, following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul, on Friday.
Mahabir, 54, a contractor, of Kowlessar Trace, Biche, was standing outside his home on Saturday 3rd January, 2015, when he was approached by a gunman, who shot at him.
He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.
Two men will appear before a Rio Claro Magistrate today in connection with the murder of a man, whose charred remains were found along Pato Trace, Biche, on December 8th, 2017.
Kimraj Ramcharan, 22, a mechanic, of La Salle Road, Biche, was charged with murder, while his neighbor, Hashim Isahak, aka “Shawn”, 25, a labourer, also of La Salle Road, Biche, was charged with the unlawful disposal of a body, following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, SC, on Friday 15th December, 2017.
Police have destroyed a marijuana field in South Trinidad valued at an estimated $4.9M dollars.
The following is a press release from the TTPS:
Fully grown marijuana trees with an estimated street value of $4.9Mn are destroyed by officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU), during an eradication exercise in the Biche district.
Nearly $1.5 million worth of marijuana was found and destroyed by police within the Biche forest today.
Members of the Eastern Division Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) found four marijuana fields, with approximately 10,000 fully grown trees and three racks with 80 pounds of cured marijuana during an eradication drive at 4am.
The find, which has an estimated street value of $1,490,000, was destroyed.
The exercise was incident free.
No arrests were made.
Eastern Division police have seized over two kilogrammes of marijuana during an anti-crime exercise.
Police say that on Wednesday 19th April, 2017, Inspector Jankie, Sgt Samaroo and Cpl Bhim coordinated an anti-crime exercise in the Biche district, which led to one man being arrested and the seizure of 2.2 kilogrammes of marijuana.
During the exercise, officers attached to the Biche Police Station had cause to stop and search a black Mazda BT50 truck along the Cunapo Southern Main Road.