Monday 23 September, 2019

Ramlogan's housekeeper's son fined for marijuana possession

Photo: Goomatie Ragbir was employed as a housekeeper for former attorney general Anand Ramlogan. Ragbir's home was searched by police on May 7, 2019. Photo via Facebook.

Photo: Goomatie Ragbir was employed as a housekeeper for former attorney general Anand Ramlogan. Ragbir's home was searched by police on May 7, 2019. Photo via Facebook.

Kevin Ragbir, the son of Goomatie Ragbir, the housekeeper of former attorney general Anand Ramlogan, was fined $3,350 for possession of marijuana.

Kevin Ragbir, 37, appeared before Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court.

He was charged for possession of 4.1 grammes of marijuana.

Ragbir was represented by attorney Lester Chariah.

The State was represented by Sergeant Cleyon Seedan.

PC Narine was the complainant (charging officer) in the matter.

Ragbir pleaded guilty to the offence.

Ragbir was arrested at about 7.10 am on May 7, 2019, when officers went to search his home.

The warrant which was used was one for illegal firearms and ammunition.

Ragbir admitted to having marijuana in a wooden cabinet in his room.

After further submissions, Ragbir was fined $2,500 for cultivating the drug and $750 for possession of the drug.

The default of paying this fine is 60-days hard labour.

Ramlogan and former opposition senator Gerald Ramdeen were slapped with corruption-related charges on May 3, 2019, stemming from a legal fees conspiracy. 

Ramdeen and Ramlogan were jointly charged with conspiracy to contravene Section 3 of the Prevention of Corruption Act; conspiracy to contravene Section 45 of the Proceeds of Crime Act; and conspiracy to misbehave in public office.

Both men appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate on May 6. Ramdeen has since resigned his position as opposition senator.

Queen's Council, Vincent Nelson, was also arrested and charged in connection with the investigation into Ramdeen and Ramlogan.

He was charged with conspiracy to misbehave in public office, conspiracy to engage in money laundering and conspiracy to bribe. QC Nelson accepted a plea bargaining deal and is expected to give evidence against both men. 

Several searches have since been conducted on a series of homes in South Trinidad, however, National Security Minister Stuart Young said the searches were not connected to the arrests. 

More on this as it becomes available.

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