Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Caged toucans, monkeys rescued by police

Photo: Toucans and monkeys crammed into cages for trafficking were rescued by the TTPS. Photo: TTPS

Photo: Toucans and monkeys crammed into cages for trafficking were rescued by the TTPS. Photo: TTPS

In yet another case of wildlife trafficking, police rescued several wild animals from cages and seized a quantity of marijuana during a raid in Penal.

According to a statement issued today by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), detectives of the Penal Criminal Investigations Department (CID) rescued a number of prohibited animals and seized a quantity of narcotics following an intelligence-led exercise yesterday.

The TTPS said acting on information received of prohibited animals being caged in a forested area, Sgt Haynes of the Penal CID led an operation into Grants Trace, Quarry Road, Morne Diablo, where the officers discovered two wooden cages, one containing three adult toucan birds, three baby toucan birds and two capuchin monkeys.

After surveying the area, the officers also found one black plastic bag which contained 38 grammes of marijuana.

The rescued animals were handed over to the Game Wardens Department and the narcotics destroyed.

The operation also included Sgt (Ag) Breddy, Cpl George and a barrage of officers from the Penal CID, South-Western Division Task Force and Canine Unit.

The TTPS said Sgt Haynes is continuing investigations.

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