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Chinese held for offering bribe

By \\\\\ Carolyn Kissoon

A Chinese national has been arrested for offering a $2,000 bribe to a police officer to release his employee who was detained for driving without a permit.

The employee, also a Chinese immigrant, was charged with driving without a valid permit.

They were among three persons detained by police during a joint exercise with Licensing Division in South Oropouche, near Mosquito Creek, yesterday.

The third person, a Trinidad and Tobago national, was charged with possession of marijuana. The drug was allegedly found inside his vehicle.

A team of officers headed by Inspector Anderson Pariman and Motor Vehicle Inspector Prakash Chaitram began the exercise around 10 a.m and ended at 12.30 p.m. The Express was told that officers stopped the Chinese national, who was driving a Mitsubishi panel van. The 35-year-old man failed to produce a driver’s permit and was taken into police custody.

Police said the man’s employer arrived at the Oropouche police station later and offered to pay a $2,000 bribe. He was also arrested and charged with the offence. Police said several tickets were issued for traffic offences. 

A bus, transporting a group of teenagers, was stopped and searched in the exercise. 

Police said several bottles of alcohol were seized from the vehicle. Persons under the age of 17 were detained inside the bus until their parents arrived.

Maxi taxis playing loud music were also stopped in the exercise and speakers, amplifiers and stereos seized.

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