Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Update: TTDF investigating officer in DSS video

Police at the home of the Drugs Sou Sou founder last Thursday.

Police at the home of the Drugs Sou Sou founder last Thursday.

Updated on September 28 at 4pm:

The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) says they have launched an investigation following a video in which one of their officers is seen shoving an envelope into his uniform.

Their statement:

"The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) wishes to advise that it is fully cooperating with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in its investigations of the “Drugs Sou Sou” (DSS). Additionally, the TTDF has launched an internal investigation into the possible involvement and alleged misconduct of Defence Force members."

Original Story:

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith is calling on the media, and by extension the public, to be careful in assuming that a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) stole money during the execution of a search warrant last week. 

Speaking on TV6’s Morning Edition today, the Commissioner said there’s no way to know from the video what was in the envelope. 

“Be very careful of what you are saying, did you see money? 

“This was an envelope and that is the difference between Gary Griffith and many others who use perception as reality. I am not saying the person is guilty or innocent, I will wait on due process to make sure. Suppose the envelope involved names of major politicians or persons involved in this and he put it in an envelope to prevent it,” he said. 

Griffith promised that all the matters arising from the initial incident are being thoroughly investigated within his power.  

“There are three investigations now. As it pertains to $22 million, if it could be accounted for and to see exactly if it was that all of these funds were acquired through legitimate means. Two, an investigation as to why officers would hand back $22 million, without having receipts to verify if it even equates to $22 million and three, the latest video with the solider......to find out what he did, what he secured and what was the reason for him so doing,” he said. 

This latest incident stems from a search warrant that police executed at a house in La Horquetta last Wednesday. Police reportedly recovered $22 million dollars from the home from an entity called ‘Drugs Sou Sou’. The money was seized but less than a day later, it was returned to the leader of the entity. Commissioner Griffith was not advised that the money was given back.

Police returned to the home on Thursday, but the reason for this and the findings have not been revealed.

Over the weekend, the Trinidad Express revealed video of a man in uniform shoving an envelope into his clothing. Despite public accusations that the man was a member of the police service, Commissioner Griffith has been vehement that he was, in fact, a Defence Force officer.  

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