POLICE in two districts have arrested and charged at least 21 people for failing to adhere to the public health ordinance, limiting groups to five, on Friday.
Among them was an 84-year-old man, Gilbert Brewster, who was liming at a bar in Marabella.
Norbert Garcia, 77, Mario Salandy, 49, Maniram Dookie, 56, Roger Samaroo, 29, Harridan Bachan, 28, Lalchan Manuel, 58, Calvin Tambie, 50, Kumar Kamal, 57, Tameeka Simmons, 34, and Emily Feng, 33, were also among those arrested and charged following the two incidents on Tarouba Road and Union Road, Marabella.
Feng, the owner of one bar, was also reportedly charged with aiding and abetting.
She was released on $15,000 bond, while the 11 other suspects were granted $10,000 bail.
They are all scheduled to appear at the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Snr Supt Yusuff Gaffar of the Southern Division noted that exercises of this nature will continue throughout the division.
The exercise was supervised by acting Insp Santana, coordinated by Sgt Ifil and Cpl Burke, and included officers from the Marabella Police Station, Marabella CID, Southern Division Task Force and the K-9 Unit.
Meanwhile, in an earlier exercise in Sangre Grande, Akim Bissoon, Triston Estrada, Nathan Jones, Andrew Williams, Junior Charles, David de Vignes, Kevin Bernard, Daniel Baptiste and Isiah Smith, were arrested by police during a card game on Sycamore Street, Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande. The men are all from North Eastern Settlement.
They were granted station bail of $500 and are due to appear at the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court on October 2. The exercise was supervised by Sgt Sankar, Sgt Ramkissoon and Sgt Garcia.