– case report with DPP
Accusations are flying left and right between police ranks at Linden over who was behind the recent theft of over two pounds of compressed marijuana from the Mackenzie Police Station.
New allegations appear to clear a policewoman who another rank had implicated in the theft.
Fingers are now being pointed at a male rank, who allegedly removed the drugs from the station strongbox. According to this report, the drugs were sold to a known dealer in Georgetown.
A source said that the rank at the centre of this allegation was transferred to Linden last year after his cell phone number was found in a mobile phone the police retrieved from a wanted man.
A senior official told Kaieteur News that he is unaware of the new allegations, but said police are awaiting advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions on the case.
The marijuana was brought to the station around July 13 after police had seized the drug from a Mahdia-bound bus. A source said that it was placed in a strongbox.
The station sergeant and ranks manning the shifts reportedly have access to the keys.
The theft was discovered a week ago by a female police corporal, who was preparing to take over the shift from one of her colleagues.
Kaieteur News was told that the female corporal is alleging that she reported for duty at around 20:00 hrs on the night the drugs were discovered to be missing. A male colleague, who was on the previous shift, indicated in a report book that all the items at the station, including the marijuana, were intact.
But according to sources, the policewoman alleged that she checked the strongbox and realized that the marijuana was not there. She reportedly then pointed it out to the colleague, who admitted to an ‘oversight’ in that he had failed to check the strongbox before handing over to the policewoman.
Police sources said that the policewoman told investigators that she immediately drew a red line through the written report her colleague had made, to indicate that the marijuana was not intact.
She reportedly then contacted the station sergeant, who stated that he had not removed the evidence.
According to the sources, the policewoman then completed her shift.
Under questioning, the other station ranks reportedly professed ignorance about the whereabouts of the marijuana. Kaieteur News understands that the policeman who had worked the previous shift alleged that the marijuana was in the strongbox when he handed over the shift to the policewoman.
Investigators subsequently searched the policewoman’s house. She was then placed under close arrest for four days although nothing was found at her home. An official said that the rank has returned to duty.
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