TSU ranks arrested, as PPP ‘businessman’ made a police report
Two more ranks of the Tactical Services Unit are under close arrest for allegedly taking $360,000 to release a man with a Beretta submachine gun and drugs.
Kaieteur News understands that the ranks were detained yesterday after turning up for duty.
Three other TSU ranks, including a cadet officer, have been under close arrest since Friday in connection with the same investigation.
An official said that investigators are likely to arrange a confrontation between the cops and the civilian who was allegedly found with the illegal firearm.
The civilian has not been detained.
Kaieteur News understands that ballistic tests are to be conducted on the Beretta submachine gun.
Meanwhile, attorney-at-law James Bond, who is representing the civilian, yesterday denied that his client had been found with marijuana and a firearm.
“It’s false. No report was made that my client was found with these items.”
Bond said that he took his client to the police on Saturday and yesterday “to clear up some misconceptions.”
A police official confirmed that they have no statement from either the civilian or the police that the man was found with the firearm. However, Kaieteur News understands that one of the ranks claimed that the man had a substance, suspected to be marijuana, in his possession.
It is alleged that 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 allegedly 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 allegedly admitted to the dealer that he had been forced to hand over the money to the policemen.
The ranks were subsequently detained.