Thursday 12 December, 2019

Venezuelan gang leader held in T&T jailed for five years

Venezuelan gang leader Darwin Garcia Gibori also called “El Culón” has been jailed for five years, after appearing in court on Tuesday on arms and ammunition charges.

The 26-year-old Venezuelan national along with seven other people, including a Trinidadian fisherman, were arrested during an exercise in Point Fortin.

According to reports, police officers went to a house in Cap-de-Ville, Point Fortin on May 19, where they found a firearm and six-rounds of .380 ammunition.

When he appeared before Point Fortin Magistrate Alicia Chankar earlier this week, he pleaded guilty to three charges, including entering the country illegally.

The man was sentenced to 36 months for firearm possession, 12 months for ammunition possession and 12 months for entering the country illegally.

El Culón is said to be one of the major players in a gang that operates in Venezuela called Evander.

Police said he began operation in a leadership position in the gang after a shoot-out in May with Venezuelan armed forces.

At that time, he was arrested with gunshot wounds to the stomach.

However, he subsequently avoided jail, and was suspected to have fled to Trinidad.


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