The murder of Shannon Banfield in December, 2016 created somewhat of a nationwide panic and generated much talk about the safety of women in T&T.
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Man in US$.5m bust on gun, ammo charges
The 51-year-old man who was allegedly held last weekend with over half-a-million US dollars in cash appeared in court yesterday charged with possession of a Tec-9 automatic gun and 75 rounds of ammunition. Derek Beresford-Cooper appeared before Senior Magistrate Indrani Cedeno and was granted $250,000 bail for the weapon and ammunition.
No charges were laid against him for the cash. He will re-appear in court on August 5. The money, amounting to US$500,000, was seized from a car in San Juan by the Northern Division Task Force on Saturday.
Police said Beresford-Cooper was allegedly held with the gun, ammunition and cash around 12.15 am after Northern Division Task Force police, co-ordinated by Senior Supt David Abraham and headed by Insp Mark Maharaj and Sgt Harewood, stopped a blue Nissan Navara pickup in Nicholasville, San Juan. After searching the car they found the gun and ammunition in a suitcase in the back seat with the cash beneath.