'Chemist', 'Fat Joe', 'Feedel' charged under Anti-gang Law
Three men have been formally charged under the Anti-Gang Legislation following advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, on Monday.
The accused are Ancil Shawn Villafana also known as ‘Chemist’ and ‘Presi’; Kevon Isaiah Franklyn alias ‘Fat Joe’, both of Beetham Gardens, Port of Spain. They are charged with being leaders of a gang contrary to section 6(1) (a) of the Act No.1 of 2018.
Additionally, Villafana, Franklyn and Keedel Fabian Montrose also known as ‘Feedel’, have been charged for counselling a gang contrary to section 9(d) of the Act.
The charges were laid by acting Insp Ramdass of the Special Investigations Unit.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said these arrests took several months of intense investigations.
He added that the Anti-Gang Legislation is a technical but effective law which can assist law enforcement agencies, more specifically the Police, in reducing gang activity.
"With this bill along with other operations and intelligence tools, we will be able to disrupt gang-activity which has been a catalyst for homicides,” he said.
The three suspects are due to appear at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
If found guilty on indictment, they can face up to 25 years in prison.