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Drug accused killed during card game
A 33-year-old accused drug trafficker was shot dead while playing a game of cards with friends in Tacarigua yesterday afternoon. According to police reports, around 1.15 pm, Phil Bess, of Laurel Hill, Five Rivers, Arouca, was playing cards at a friend’s home at Second Hill, Kandahar, Tacarigua, when a gunman approached them. Police said the gunman shot Bess five times before running away. He did not attack Bess’ friends. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Arouca CID, led by ASP Hosein, interviewed Bess’ friends but police sources said some of them were unco-operative. Investigators said Bess was well known to them and had a lengthy criminal record. In March, Bess and two friends were charged with trafficking 19 kilos of marijuana with a street value of $270,000. The trio were arrested on March 27 at a house near where yesterday’s shooting occurred.
Bess pleaded not guilty to the charge and was placed on $60,000 bail. The case is currently before Senior Magistrate Lucina Cardenas-Ragoonanan in the Arima First Court. Detectives from the Region Two Homicide Bureau are probing the murder.
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