Friday, December 15, 2017

Cops launch probe into missing cocaine at station

AN investigation has now been launched into how 40 rocks of cocaine went missing from the Mayaro Police Station over the last weekend.

Insp Wayne Mystar disclosed this to the media during the weekly police briefing yesterday morning at Police Administration Building, Port of Spain.

According to senior police sources, the cocaine was discovered missing last Saturday evening when the police complainant in a drug court matter due to take place later this week at the Mayaro Magistrates’ Court came to check on the exhibit.

The sources said the exhibits were not kept in the exhibit room but lodged with the sentry on duty.

When the officer arrived to check on the exhibit he found that the bag, which was supposed to contain 46 cocaine rocks, was cut open and 40 of the cocaine rocks were missing.

He immediately reported the matter to the senior officer on duty.

Sources said the cocaine had been sent back from the Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park after it was weighed and packaged sometime between August and September last year.

The defendant had been arrested earlier in 2013 and his trial was expected to begin before a Mayaro magistrate this week. 

Mystar said a report into the matter had been requested by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) and since such has already been submitted an investigation has now commenced.

In February 2011, four packets of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $1.6 million, disappeared from the property room at St James Police Station. Several officers were questioned, their homes searched and statements taken, but the drugs remain missing.

And two years before that, police discovered a quantity of arms, ammunition and cocaine hidden in the ceiling of St Joseph Police Station.

Questioned about these two other incidents Insp Mystar said he currently had no information on those issues.

—Gyasi Gonzales