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Police officers held aboard drug dealer’s boat
Five police officers attached to a unit in the Northern Division and a former police officer were held aboard a boat in Chaguaramas, yesterday, which police say belongs to a known drug dealer. According to police sources, members of the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit (CGIU) and Inter-Agency Task Force, operating on intelligence, contacted the Coast Guard officers who escorted the boat to shore just after 11 am from off Carrera Island.
The officers and 20 other people were taken to the Port-of-Spain CID where they were being profiled and questioned. Police sources say nothing illegal was found aboard the vessel but the fact that the lawmen were associating with men who had a checkered criminal history was cause for concern.
Three of the lawmen were held with guns which police say had to be verified as their service weapons. The former officer also had a firearm for which he said he had a permit that had been lodged at a police station. Police said the owner of the boat was arrested as a gang leader during the state of emergency in 2011. He was also shot in the past during two attempted murders. He was also kidnapped and the ransom demand included guns and drugs for his safe release.
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