Men held in 'Secret Sunday' raid released by police

At least 17 of the men who were de­tained by po­lice af­ter they raid­ed the Se­cret Sun­day par­ty at La­dy Chan­cel­lor Heights in Port-of-Spain on Sun­day were re­leased by po­lice late Mon­day night.

The three oth­er men in­clud­ing a Val­sayn busi­ness­man and his son and an­oth­er man re­main in po­lice cus­tody.

 

A se­nior in­ves­ti­ga­tor told Guardian Me­dia that the busi­ness­man is ex­pect­ed to be charged some­time to­day or by to­mor­row with the pos­ses­sion of a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion.

A re­volver was found on the scene of the raid to­geth­er with nar­cotics and a large sum of cash.

The busi­ness­man's son re­mains in po­lice cus­tody pend­ing fur­ther in­quiries while the third man was charged with the pos­ses­sion of co­caine.

They were de­tained af­ter po­lice raid­ed the pool par­ty and al­so found 21 women and a 14-year-old girl.

The teenag­er po­lice be­lieve was a vic­tim of hu­man traf­fick­ing and was lat­er placed un­der the pro­tec­tive cus­tody of the Child Pro­tec­tion Unit.

The girl and 18 of the women who were said to be from Venezuela did not have any form of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in their pos­ses­sion.

The oth­er three women were lo­cals.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors al­so re­vealed that the quan­ti­ty of cash seized from a safe in­side the home amount­ed to $21,171.

The mon­ey will be held un­der a de­ten­tion or­der un­til such time the par­ties are called up­on by the court to ex­plain how the funds were ac­quired.

- by Mark Bassant

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