Minister’s Relative Runs from Police in Roadblock

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THE 32-year-old relative of a government minister is held after running from the police when he was a passenger of a car stopped in a road block on Friday.

Items allegedly seized by police. Photo: TTPS
60 rounds of 5.56 ammunition allegedly seized by Highway Patrol Officers. Photo: TTPS

A release from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) on Saturday stated that a 32-year-old Point Fortin man who allegedly failed to wear his seatbelt while being the front seat passenger along the southbound lane of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway yesterday is now a key suspect into an ammunition possession investigation.

The TTPS did not state the 32-year-old’s status, by an source close to the investigation said he was the nephew of a high-ranking Cabinet minister.

The driver, a 34-year-old man, also of Point Fortin, was arrested and is being questioned by police, the release stated.

The men were held by police officers attached to the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch (THPB) in the vicinity of Indian Trail.

According to police reports, at 1.40 pm on Friday, THPB police officers were on mobile patrol when they observe the front seat passenger of a black Ford Ranger not wearing his seatbelt while the vehicle was in motion.

Police signalled for the driver to stop and upon approaching the vehicle, the front seat passenger allegedly exited the vehicle and ran east with a black bag in his hands and a foot chase ensued.

The 32-year-old suspect was subsequently held a short distance away where police allegedly found a black plastic bag containing 60 rounds of 5.56 ammunition.

Police later executed a search warrant at another property belonging to the suspect located at the Southern Main Road, Claxton Bay, where they allegedly found an AK magazine and seven rounds of nine-millimetre ammunition.

PC Roopan is continuing investigations


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