Young gangsters who aspire to the throne and want to seize power from their elders have mounted a leadership challenge which has caused unbridled bloodshed over the last week, according to senior officers of the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit.
Intelligence sources within the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) have told Guardian Media that the fight for power stretches across the East-West corridor.
The sources said the warfare involves not only control over drug turf, but also over State contracts awarded to gang leaders.
As Guardian Media has reported exclusively seven known gang leaders have received contracts from the state valued at over $6 million.
On Friday, National Security Minister Stuart Young met with heads of the defence and protective services as well as intelligence agencies to address the current crime situation, which Young described as “unacceptable.”
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith did not attend the meeting.
It is not clear if he is out of the country. But the Police Service was represented by Acting Commissioner of Police Harold Phillip.
The meeting at the National Operations Fusion Centre was also attended by Chief of Defence Staff Air Commodore Darryl Daniel; Acting Commissioner of Prisons Dane Clarke; Chief Immigration Officer Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews; their respective teams; as well as officials from the Strategic Services Agency and Transnational Organised Crime Unit.
In a press release, Young’s office said discussions focused on the immediate implementation of a number of intelligence-driven operations and integrated crime-fighting strategies to mitigate the present crime situation which Young described as unacceptable.
Young also reiterated that he will continue to provide the necessary support to all National Security Agencies.
The National Security minister along with law enforcement, border security officials and intelligence agencies present, gave the commitment to execute their respective remits to ensure a safe and secure environment for all persons in Trinidad and Tobago.