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Cops make 150 arrests during J’Ouvert celebrations

Carnival crime round-up
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Carnival 2011
Police officers search two commuters entering Port-of-Spain after disembarking from maxi-taxis at City Gate. Photo: KEITH MATTHEWS

A series of minor offences committed during J’Ouvert celebrations led to the arrest of 150 people in north Trinidad for robbery, possession of firearms and ammunition, weapons, possession of marijuana and cocaine, wounding, larceny and other crimes. As a result, the cells at the Belmont, Central, Woodbrook Police stations and across the East-West Corridor were reported to be “packed to capacity.”
Officers from the Multi-Optional Police Section, Canine Unit, Homicide Bureau, Special Anti-Crime Unit and Defence Force were on duty yesterday throughout the early morning celebrations.

There were numerous reports of fights and pick-pocketing. Dozens of knives were seized by the police during searches of people entering City Gate at the maxi-taxi hub. In addition, Besson Street police arrested a 24-year-old  man with a loaded revolver at Independence Square North. Police are investigating a vehicular accident in which a motorist struck a reveller along the Toco Main Road in Matura. According to reports, the driver was beaten unconscious by villagers and up to late yesterday he was warded at the Sangre Grande Hospital. Police said the female reveller was dragged several yards under the vehicle and suffered two broken legs.

Sgt Harris of the Matura Police Station is continuing investigations. In all, 23 people were also arrested during Carnival celebrations in Toco, Matura, Manzanilla and Sangre Grande. A 24-year-old woman who was travelling in a maxi-taxi was arrested yesterday during a roadblock along the Priority Bus Route in Barataria. Police said the woman had a long knife neatly wrapped in a handkerchief in her bag. Her boyfriend told the police he gave it to her for her protection. Ten knives were seized from maxi-taxis during the roadblock.  Homicide officers are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the body of a man found at De Verteuil Street, Woodbrook, on Sunday.

The body was found propped against a wall on the eastern end of the street around 3.25 pm. Police said the man was of mixed descent, in his late 30s, slim built and brown in complexion. He was approximately five foot nine inches with unkempt long hair and stubble on his jaw. The corpse was clad in a blue jersey, black short pants, black, a pair of brown suede shoes with GBG crest on left front. A white substance was on the mouth and clothing. The body did not have any identification and bore no marks of violence, police said.


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