Venezuela police stop $40m cocaine cargo in luxury cars T&T-bound

A co­caine ship­ment with an es­ti­mat­ed street val­ue close to TT$40 mil­lion, which was des­tined for Trinidad and To­ba­go, was in­ter­cept­ed by mem­bers of the Cuer­po de In­ves­ti­ga­ciones Ci­en­tifi­cas Pe­nales Y Crim­i­nal­is­tics (CI­CPC) in Venezuela yes­ter­day. The drugs were hid­den in se­cret com­part­ments of lux­u­ri­ous cars which were trav­el­ling in a car­a­van at the time.

CI­CPIC is Venezuela’s largest po­lice agency re­spon­si­ble for crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions and foren­sic ser­vices.

Businessman kidnaps partner, demands US$6 million

In an intelligence-led operation, police officers have arrested a businessman who allegedly kidnapped his business partner and demanded a US$6 million ransom.

The victim has been identified as a Jamaican national living in Palmiste, San Fernando.

The businessman suspect is currently in police custody at the San Fernando Anti-Kidnapping Unit.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the Jamaican businessman was snatched by men dressed in police uniforms.


Investigation launched into police conduct following report of robbery, arson

Police have launched an investigation into the conduct of police officers who were on duty at the Chaguanas Police Station on Saturday, when a report of robbery with violence and arson was made by a family of four.

A statement by the Police Service says that upon learning of the incident, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith requested a report.

It says that this was done, and based on the report, one officer has since been served with a notice for neglect of duty.

Three charged with stealing WASA water

Security officers attached to the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) have laid charges against three persons, for the illegal abstraction of water from WASA’s waterworks system, as well as illegal tampering with a fire hydrant, contrary to Section 6 of the Water Works Act 54:41.

The accused of Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin; Espanyol Street, Diego Martin and Fatima Trace, Paramin, Maraval, have each been served with summons to appear at the Port-of-Spain Third Magistrates Court on 24th May 2019, to answer to the charges.

La Brea man jailed for gun possession

A La Brea man has been sentenced to 12 months hard-labour after appearing in court today, charged with possession of firearm and possession of ammunition.

Rodney Hackshaw, 40, of Short Street, appeared before Magistrate Alicia Chankar, in the Point Fortin Magistrates’ Court to answer to the charges.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months hard labour for firearm possession and six months for the possession of ammunition offence.

Both sentences are to run concurrently.

AG goes after 'Zessers' - show receipts for big long chains

Attorney General Faris Al Rawi is sending a warning to all 'Zessers' that legislation is coming to address the acquisition of gold chains, expensive cars and other wealth that can't be explained.

A 'zesser' is urban lingo for someone who has no goals but likes to get high, party, is sexually promiscuous, wears brand named clothes and expensive jewelry.

The AG was speaking during debate on the Unexplained Wealth Bill in the Senate on Monday.

He told the Senate that the second schedule of the Proceeds of Crimes Act does not currently have gang activity as an offense.

Penal man charged with girlfriend's murder

A Penal man is expected to appear before the Siparia Magistrates’ Court after being charged with the murder of Alisha Ramnath, which occurred on Sunday 31st March, 2019.

Keshan Bhagnathsingh, 41, was charged with murder by Cpl. Deo of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations (HBI) Region 3 on Sunday, following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore Paul.

The victim, a 39-year-old woman of Clarke Road, Penal, was discovered dead at her home by relatives, on the said date.

Diego Martin man charged with murder

A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the murder of Daniel Villafana and is scheduled to appear before the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court, today.

Richard James aka ‘Richard Cummings’, of Diego Martin, was charged with murder on Friday, following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore Paul.

On Monday 18th March, 2019, at 11:30 pm, 22-year-old Villafana, was leaving his workplace along Gaston Street, Chaguanas, when he was approached by a gunman who shot at him.

Residents hold teen bandit soon after robbery

An alleged 16-year-old thief was held by a group of residents in the Pleasantville district, moments after he robbed a female victim of a cellular phone, around 9 am on Saturday.

Reports say the woman was standing at the corner of Teak and Cedar Drive, when she was approached by the teenager who announced a robbery and told her he was holding a firearm under his t-shirt.

The thief then proceeded to relieve the victim of her cell phone.

The woman raised an alarm and the thief was quickly held by residents of the area before he could make his escape.