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2 held in airport heist, loot recovered

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Two people have been arrested in connection with Wednesday’s heist at the Piarco International Airport and $250,000 in cash, believed to be part of the stolen loot, has been recovered.

The T&T Guardian understands that a party of officers from the Organised Crime Narcotics and Intelligence Unit, acting on information received, went to a house in Longdenville, Chaguanas, on Thursday evening. The officers searched the house and allegedly found the money, comprising only $50 bills, in a suitcase. A man and woman who were at the house during the search were subsequently arrested and were said to be assisting police further in their investigations last night.

Meanwhile, one of two security personnel originally among seven people detained for questioning minutes after the heist has been released.

Investigating officers are also expected to conduct further raids at several houses in Central and North Trinidad based on information they have gathered during their probe of the daring daylight robbery.

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon meanwhile said yesterday that the incident was gang-related. He made the comment in response to United National Congress MP Vidya Guyadeen-Gopeesingh’s query on what measures will be implemented to secure customers using the facility after the robbery.

Dillon listed measures, including additional security training for airport personnel, improving liaison between security personnel and police, Customs/Excise and other agencies, quick-response mechanisms and analysis of CCTV coverage.

He added,”But the real issue is that the root cause of it was gang-related activity, which the Attorney General had told the MP for Siparia (Opposition Leader), it was gang-related activity because it involved illegal guns and more than one person!”

“These were the issues in the Anti-Gang Bill that they (UNC) didn’t support but they come back here today and ask these kind of questions when they didn’t support the bill.”

Dillon’s outburst was met by UNC protest, including MP Tim Gopeesingh’s declaration, “You can’t rail road us (into supporting the bill).”

UNC’s Roodal Moonilal also asked if there had been a change of security at Piarco to a private company with links to a Government minister. UNC’s Guyadeen-Gopeesingh then asked if the robbery was a lapse in security.

Dillon maintained, “I deem it as gang-related activity.”


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