Three men and a Venezuelan woman have been denied bail after appearing in court on gang and human trafficking charges.
Andrew George, 46, of Embacadere, San Fernando; Damien Scoon, 42, of Carlos Street, Couva; Matthew Ross, 39, of Chase Village, Chaguanas; and 32-year-old Venezuelan Belzani Ortega Farias, who resides in Cunupia, were remanded into custody after appearing before Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
All four were charged with firearm and ammunition possession, cocaine trafficking and marijuana possession.
Ross, George, Farias were charged with supporting a gang leader in the commission of a gang-related offence. Scoon was charged with being a gang leader and for cocaine and marijuana possession.
The group was arrested, last Tuesday, as officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT), Counter-Trafficking Special Task Force and Special Investigations Unit raised two locations in central Trinidad including a bar.
During the exercise, police arrested seven suspects and rescued 46 women. They also recovered a Glock pistol with 13 rounds of ammunition, quantities of marijuana and cocaine and a quantity of cash.
The investigation was supervised by Sgt St Clair, PCs Antoine and Williams and WPC Edwards of the Counter-Trafficking Special Task Force.
The group is expected to reappear in court next Monday.