Two detectives from Port-of-Spain Division were yesterday arrested by South Western Division police following a chase which began in Cedros and ended in Oropouche.
During a search of the marked PoS Division police vehicle, officers found three unlicensed firearms, a quantity of ammunition and several crocus bags filled with compressed marijuane. The two police officers remained in custody up to last night.
Sources said the officers left a police station in Port of Spain, telling seniors they were going out on enquiries. They drove all the way to Cedros. At 5 pm, South-Western Division officers on mobile patrol, became suspicious when they spotted the PoS police vehicle escorting another vehicle which contained men known to be from the underworld.
The officers called on the two police officers to pull their vehicle to the side of the road but instead the police vehicle sped off at high speed. The police officers who were giving chase, called for back-up and a roadblock was set up which eventually led to the PoS officers coming to a halt.
As the illegal items were found in the police vehicle, the two officers were ordered to surrender their sidearms and police ID cards. They were then arrested by Sgt Ali of the Southern Division Task Force. ACP (Crime) Irwin Hackshaw and Ag Snr Supt Ajith Persad were contacted and both went to South-Western Division last night to assist in the investigation.
The two policemen were at the Oropouche police station being interrogated. Acting Police Commissioner Harold Phillip is expected to receive an interim report on the arrest and seizures today.