Fifteen officers assigned to the St Joseph CID are facing immediate transfer after seven guns, ammunition and drugs were reportedly found hidden in a ceiling and the dormitory area at the St Joseph Police Station, yesterday. A high-scale probe has been launched into the incident by Acting Police Commissioner, James Philbert, sources said.
Around 10 am yesterday, Ag Supt John Martinez and a team of officers from the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) went to the station where they conducted several searches.The station remained under lock down for several hours as officers searched the building. Several officers have been questioned by Intelligence officers in connection with the find.
It is reported the guns, an undisclosed quantity of ammunition, cocaine and marijuana were found in the ceiling, at an office assigned to the sergeant in charge of the CID. However, sources said there was no sergeant assigned to the CID office. It is also alleged some of the contraband was found in a dormitory area occupied by CID officers. When contacted, head of the Northern Division Snr Supt Rajendranath Maharaj said Acting Police Commissioner, James Philbert was dealing with the incident. He referred all queries to Philbert. Maharaj was said to be present during the search. However, attempts to contact Philbert up to late last evening proved futile. Officers at the St Joseph Police Station have remained tight-lipped about the incident but confirmed the premises was searched.
According to Cable News Channel Three news (CNC3), Commissioner Philbert confirmed the incident and said for some time there have been irregularities at the station. It is reported the items were not exhibited in court cases since an inventory at the property room revealed nothing was missing. Philbert said the investigations into the recovery of the illegal items was ongoing and that the items did not belong to the Police Service. There are 14 constables and one corporal assigned to the CID office.