Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Police officers held with guns and drugs denied bail

The two police officers who have been charged with marijuana possession and possession of illegal firearms following their arrest in Claxton Bay last Tuesday, will remain in custody tonight having been denied bail on their first court appearance.

PC Stephen Johnson and PC Toola Jack, were denied bail this morning when they appeared before Senior Magistrate Nanette Forde-John at the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court.

The two are jointly charged for being in possession of 54.4 kilogrammes of marijuana (which had a street value of $733,000), as well as being in possession of three illegal firearms. 

Johnson faces an additional charge of being in possession of 10 rounds of .40mm ammunition after the illegal items were discovered late last week during a search of his Laventille home. For this offence Johnson was granted bail at $45,000.

However, it is a bail he will not be able to access as he was denied bail on the other four charges.
Jack was also denied bail on the joint charges.

Nanette Forde-John told the court that one of the reasons for denying the bail was due to the fact that the joint charges had to be heard in the jurisdiction of Siparia as this was the location where the allegations are said to have occurred.

As a result, the two officers were remanded in custody and the matter adjourned to tomorrow.

The two officers were held last Tuesday afternoon during a roadblock exercise by Sgt Ali of the South Western Division Task Force.

Sgt Ali and his team observed the two constables escorting a vehicle which was being driven by a known drug dealer in the area.

As a result, the officers were stopped and the vehicle was searched.

The illegal items were discovered inside which led to the arrests of the two men.