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Boy, 6, detained

By RALPH BANWARIE Saturday, April 19 2014

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy, who was in a car which was found to contain marijuana, was detained along with his father and two other adults by Eastern Division police during a Good Friday roadblock exercise in Valencia.

The boy was placed in the care of two women police officers who took him to the Valencia Police Post, offered him a meal and then contacted other relatives to come and pick him up.

Eastern Division officers staged the roadblock along the Eastern Main Road leading into Valencia. The exercise led to miles of traffic on both the east and westbound lanes of the main road as officers methodically stopped motorists and search vehicles and passengers.

For some persons, it was not a Good Friday as they were arrested for various offences while for others, they had to wait in the traffic until being given the all-clear by police to proceed to their destinations.

A private bus was stopped by the officers who on discovering that the driver was not authorised to carry such a large load of passengers, ordered occupants out of the bus. The driver was informed that he would be charged via summons for the offence.

When some of the passengers, all of whom are from the Port-of-Spain area, begged officers to give the driver a chance and allow them to proceed to Toco where they were planning on spending the long Easter weekend, officers told them to disperse and seek other alternate transport arrangements either back to their homes or to Toco.

The bus driver turned his vehicle around along the main road and drove west with not one passenger inside.

Officers later stopped a car which contained two male occupants and a six-year-old boy.

During a search, officers found a quantity of marijuana. The three were detained and taken to the Valencia Police Post where a call was made to the boy’s mother for her to pick him up and take him home.

The boy’s father and the other male adult have been charged with possession of marijuana and will spend the long Easter weekend in lock-up until their court appearance next Tuesday.

Two drivers were arrested and charged for drunk driving while a total of six persons were held for narcotic offences.

Thirty fixed penalty tickets were issued to errant motorists. Even as the rain fell, officers went about their business conducting the roadblock exercise.

The exercise began at 9 am and ended at 1.30 pm. It was conducted along the Eastern Main Road leading into Valencia.

Fixed penalty tickets were issued for cracked windscreens, no Certificate of Insurance, defective tyres, overcrowding, unsecured goods and not wearing seat belts.

Charges for driving under the influence were laid by Sgt Sookdeo while the narcotics charges were laid by PC David and WPC Sankar. The exercise was led by Snr Supt Othniel Williams and ASP Neville “Toco Burroughs” Sankar and included Ag Insp Lutchman, Sgt Greaux, Sgt Trancoso, Sgt Ramkissoon and PCs David, Osouna, Sankar, Singh, Torres, Ganesh, Mc Eachie, Jennings, WPCs Leopold, and Sundar.

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