SIX Port of Spain City Corporation employees have been given $500 bond and will appear before a Port of Spain magistrate next month, after being arrested and charged with congregating for the purpose of gambling and smoking cannabis .
The arrests were made by City Special Operations officers from the Port of Spain City Corporation on Friday morning.
The men have been identified as Wendell Jordan, 63, of John John, Laventille; Andrew Sween, 58, of the village of Cantaro, Santa Cruz; Christopher Mohammed, 54, of Endeavor Chaguanas; Ishmael Gomez, 47, of East Dry River, Port of Spain Sherman Wilson, 66, of San Juan; and Ishmael Mitchell, 40, of Laventille.
The arrests took place in the transportation and cleaning division of the company, a statement from the police department said.
According to the statement, at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, officers from the City Police Multi-Operational Unit, under the supervision of Superintendent Glen Charles, arrived at the division where they saw a man sitting at the far end. north of the building, “smoking what appeared to be a long cigarette with a scent similar to that of marijuana smoke.”
According to the report, upon seeing the officers, the man “quickly swallowed the substance, threw the long cigarette in the opposite direction and walked away”, but was intercepted by officers and arrested.
An hour later, officers reportedly went to the central market, where they saw two men who appeared to be smoking “long cigarettes with an odor similar to marijuana smoke.”
Officers approached the group of men and asked if they smoked cannabis in a public place while on duty. They were also arrested.
Not far away, the police statement continued, officers reportedly saw three men huddled in a corner around a table with money on it.
“After noticing the officers, the men allegedly grabbed the money and ran in the opposite direction of law enforcement. They were caught a short distance away, arrested and taken to the police headquarters in the city where they were charged with the offences,” the police report said.
The drill, led by Cpl Maharaj, is what police described as part of an ongoing initiative to curb “gang activity” within the City Corporation.
Superintendent Charles said his officers and specialist sections are working on several leads and more arrests are expected soon.
Charles said that although the criminal issues are multi-layered, his team “is committed and prosecuting the alleged perpetrators to ensure the safety of all citizens of the capital”.