Cops take $360,000 to release man with drugs, sub-machine gun
- three TSU ranks under close arrest, two others in hiding
Less than a week after Acting Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell warned corrupt ranks to turn in their badges, five TSU ranks are under investigation for allegedly collecting $360,000 to release a man whom they had nabbed with drugs and a loaded submachine gun.
Kaieteur News understands that the incident occurred on Thursday in Kitty and that three of the ranks, including a cadet officer, are under close arrest at the Brickdam Police Station.
Investigators have seized a Beretta sub-machine gun and 63 matching rounds. They are also trying to locate two other ranks who were implicated in the transaction. One of the ranks is a constable who is believed to be the mastermind.
According to reports, on Thursday, a gold dealer asked an acquaintance to pick up $360,000 for him at a Kitty location. After collecting the money, the goldsmith’s acquaintance reportedly went on an illegal transaction.
While doing this, he was allegedly nabbed by five TSU ranks. However, instead of taking the man into custody, the policemen took the loaded Beretta and the $360,000. They then released the man.
Kaieteur News was told that the cops ‘drove around’ attempting to sell the firearm. After failing to find a buyer, they informed their superiors that they had found the firearm in an empty house in Charlestown.
Meanwhile, the gold dealer’s friend returned to the businessman and alleged that he had been robbed. However, the suspicious gold dealer made the acquaintance accompany him to the Brickdam Police Station to report the ‘robbery’.
It was then that the acquaintance admitted that he had been forced to hand over the money to the policemen.
The cadet officer and two other ranks were placed under close arrest yesterday but up to late yesterday, investigators were unable to locate the other two.
The incident comes in the wake of a recent vow by Acting Police Commissioner Brumell to weed out corrupt ranks from the Force.
Brumell who was presiding at his first anniversary celebration as the nation’s top lawman, had acknowledged that there is need for much work to be done to repair the damaged image of the force in terms of its integrity.
He had given corrupt ranks up to last Monday to turn in their badges if they could not stop “besmirching the image of this force.”