Saturday 24 October, 2020

Police shut down DSS registration in Tobago, seven arrested

File photo: Officers found and seized $22 million in cash at a house at Kathleen Warner Drive, La Horquetta, on September 22, 2020. During the early hours of the following day, the money was handed back to a man who has been described as the founder of the DSS – commonly referred to as “Drugs Sou Sou”.
(Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Police Service)

File photo: Officers found and seized $22 million in cash at a house at Kathleen Warner Drive, La Horquetta, on September 22, 2020. During the early hours of the following day, the money was handed back to a man who has been described as the founder of the DSS – commonly referred to as “Drugs Sou Sou”. (Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Police Service)

Seven people, including a Trinidadian waitress, were arrested on Saturday morning at Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago for allegedly breaching the Public Health Ordinance Regulations.

According to a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), they were among a large gathering of individuals who ascended on Shepherd's Inn, Crown Point, to register for the Drugs Sou Sou (DSS) scheme.

Those arrested and charged were:

1) Janine Collins, 36, waitress, of St Augustine, Trinidad;
2) Naomi Alexander, 21, student, Government Trace, Tobago;
3) Shevonne Hartell, 37, Manager, of Top Hill, Pembroke, Tobago;
4) Mia Charles, 31, self employed, of Robert Street, Bon Accord, Tobago;
5) Anthony Caesar, 33, life guard, of Charlotteville, Tobago;
6) Jennifer Latoch, 47, self employed, of Cottage Street, Golden Lane;
7) Kwesi Beckles, 42, labourer.

They will appear virtually before a Scarborough Magistrate on Monday.

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Around 9 am, police responded to a report that a large crowd had gathered outside of Shepherd's Inn, Crown Point to register for the DSS scheme.

On arrival, police informed the crowd that they were in breach of the Public Health Ordinance (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Regulations 2020.

The majority of the people quickly dispersed, but several refused to abide by the instructions of the police officers.

As a result, seven people were arrested.

Corporal Andrews laid the charges.

Acting Commissioner of Police, Mc Donald Jacob, said the regulations are very clear.

He said there should be no gatherings of more than ten people as stipulated in the Public Health regulations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The acting commissioner said the police will enforce the law and warned citizens about congregating in numbers which exceed the number stated in the regulations.

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