Cops arrest two, break up DSS crowd in Tobago

Crowds near Shepherd's Inn in Tobago looking to invest in the Drugs Sou Sou. - David Reid
Crowds near Shepherd's Inn in Tobago looking to invest in the Drugs Sou Sou. - David Reid

Police were called in after scores of people gathered in Tobago to demand their payment from the Drugs Sou-Sou (DSS) administrators in breach of the covid19 regulations, which prohibit gatherings of more than ten.

Although foreign investigators have been called in to probe what police and politicians have described as an elaborate money-laundering scheme, the sou-sou operators continue to operate as though everything is above board, even posting messages on social media that the investigation was an attempt to stifle poor people from progressing.

After videos were posted on social media, police responded to disperse a line of people gathered outside Shepherd’s Inn Guest House, Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point.

Traffic along Store Bay Local Road as people wait to invest in the Drugs Sou Sou in Tobago on Saturday. - David Reid

Although some people complied, others protested.

The commotion led to traffic gridlock along the usually busy road.

Tobago Division media ambassador Sgt Alicia Piggott told Sunday Newsday two people were arrested in connection with the scheme.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister declared the DSS was “a cancer which, left unchecked, can eat the soul of the nation.”

Dr Rowley, in his capacity as chairman of the National Security Council, has now taken control of the investigation into the $22 million DSS scandal, calling for expert help from both the United Kingdom and Barbados.

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