PCA/Police "marijuana" investigation divide

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) is recommending that former head of the Special Branch be charged for his role in an alleged cover-up in the case of the discovery of what appeared to be marijuana at the residence of former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

In a release to the media the PCA said it had completed a “comprehensive investigation” into the incident and has made the recommendation to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), in addition to providing evidence collected by its investigators.

Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams initially denied being in receipt of a report on the incident earlier this year, but he eventually ordered an investigation. Media reports in June stated that then head of the Special Branch Senior Superintendent Gary Gould confirmed that a member of the Special Branch assigned to Persad–Bissessar’s security detail had in fact found five grammes of what was reported to be a “plant-like substance” on the property.

Williams told the media then, that the investigation was to focus on the discovery of the substance in addition to the circumstances of the alleged cover-up. However, with the probe looming, Gould retired.

Former National Security Minister Jack Warner alleged he was part of a discussion with a senior officer and senior politicians to ensure there was no investigation into the matter.

While the PCA said it completed its investigation, on Wednesday the police said they had not yet completed theirs. Public Information Officer for the Police Service ASP Michael Pierre did not say when the investigation will be completed.

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