Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has welcomed the decision to bring in British and Barbados police officers to assist in the DSS (“Drugs Sou Sou”) investigation.
The announcement came last night from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley during a PNM post-budget meeting.
The Top Cop says these foreign officers would not be consultants, but will instead be sworn in as Special Reserve Police Officers, giving them the powers of officers to assist in this investigation.
Commissioner Griffith says on several occasions, there were reports of police officers interfering and preventing the matter from being thoroughly investigated.
He pointed out that four officers have already suspended and 11 others transferred, and believes there is the possibility that others could be suspended as the investigation progresses.
A police-led operation at a house in La Horquetta resulted in the seizure of $22 million in cash.
Several hours later however, the money was handed back to a man who has been described as the founder of the DSS.
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Meanwhile regarding the investigators, National Security Minister Stuart Young says the Government of Barbados has written him confirming that two senior and experienced members of the Royal Barbados Police Force will be coming to T&T early next week.
Minister Young says he has also been in contact with the National Crime Agency in Great Britain and has requested the NCA’s assistance with respect to the investigation.
The Government is currently awaiting the NCA’s proposal in response to that request.