Friday 30 October, 2020

Four cops suspended, 11 transferred in DSS probe

The home of an alleged 'pyramid scheme' operator in La Horquetta.

The home of an alleged 'pyramid scheme' operator in La Horquetta.

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith has announced that 15 police officers are facing disciplinary action as the probe into how more than $22 million was returned to alleged officials of a pyramid scheme continues. 

In a release, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) specified that four of the officers were suspended while 11 were transferred.  

“The CoP said based on preliminary investigations, it had become necessary to suspend the four policemen, two of them being senior officers. He directed that four others be transferred out of the Northern Division and the other seven, all Special Reserve Police Officers, be transferred to Northern Division Area West,” the release said. 

Investigations through the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) are continuing, but the actions became necessary to ensure the process was transparent. 

“Acting on the advice of the investigators, the CoP has directed that certain persons be removed from the investigations to allow the entire probe to be conducted in the most transparent manner,” the release added. 

Last month, police officers swooped down on a La Horquetta home where the operator of an organisation called ‘Drugs Sou Sou’ resided. There, they retrieved an estimated $22 million. Less than 24 hours later, the money was returned to the operator without the knowledge of Commissioner Griffith. 

Since then, four investigations were launched, two of which were geared toward finding out who was responsible for returning the money.  

The investigations are being spearheaded by a team under the supervision of Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (Intelligence and Investigations), Mc Donald Jacob.

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