Police Officer and Venezuelan in court for people trafficking

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Friday, February 14, 2020 - 11:15

A  Police  Officer  and  a  Venezuelan  national  will  appear  in  the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court today, to face charges  in  connection with  trafficking  in  persons  and  other  gang-related  activities.

The men were arrested during  an  anti-crime  exercise  conducted  in  the Central Division on Monday 10th February.

The exercise was conducted by members of the Special Operations Response  Team  (SORT),  the  Counter  Trafficking  Unit,  and  a specialized  team  established  by  Commissioner  of  Police,  Gary Griffith.

Official police reports indicate that Officer Vicash Ramtahal -- who was last attached to the Central Division Police, has been charged with six offences:

  • Being a Gang member.
  • Supporting a gang in the commission of gang-related activity.
  • Trafficking in Persons (minors).
  • Inciting or causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
  • Misbehaviour in Public office.

 

The other accused, Venezuelan national Julio Caesar, was  charged  with  three offences:

  • Being a Gang member.
  • Supporting a gang in the commission of gang-related activity.
  • Trafficking in Persons (minors).

 

A second Police Officer who was arrested was released on Thursday, pending further enquiries.

Other persons are expected to be arrested soon. 

Enquiries are ongoing.

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Story by NEWS DESK

Images courtesy TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO POLICE SERVICE

Lead image... Vicash Ramtahal (left) faces five charges, while Julio Caesar (right) faces three charges, in  connection with  trafficking  in  persons  and  other  gang-related  activities

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