Bail for prison officer held with drugs
A prison officer who was held with narcotics at the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca, has been granted bail.
Vishram Maharaj, 51, of Chaguanas, appeared before Magistrate Avion Gill in the Arima Court.
He was represented by attorney Delicia Helwig-Robertson, who was holding for attorney Alexia Romero.
Cpl Ramcharan of the Arouca Police Station was the complainant (charging officer) in the matter.
After the charges were read and submissions were made, the matter was adjourned to November 23.
Maharaj was placed on bail of $200,000 to be approved by a clerk of the peace, or a cash alternative of $40,000.
The 51-year-old was arrested on Saturday night after he was searched upon entering the prison when he reported for duty.
Three packets of marijuana were allegedly found in his lunchbag.
A subsequent search of his car resulted in more marijuana being found and seized, as well as an estimated $4,000 in cash.
A statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Prisons Service on Sunday, indicated that the officer was held during a random search exercise on Saturday night.
Acting Commissioner of Prisons Dane Clarke expressed his satisfaction at the results of the increased efforts and initiatives undertaken to purge the service of individuals who he said continuously put their colleagues' lives at risk by their actions.
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