[UPDATED] 3 police officers among 5 held on way to commit crime in Gasparillo

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THREE police officers assigned to the North Eastern Division Task Force (NEDTF) were arrested on Friday during an intelligence-led operation while on their way to commit a crime, according to police.

In a media release on Saturday, police said around 10.50 am constables Lancaster, Maxwell and Rambhajan, were conducting enquiries along St John Road, St Margaret's when there received information from members of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and stopped a silver Isuzu van and arrested the three occupants, all members of the NEDTF.

Police said that two of the officers were armed, one with a Sig Sauer pistol with 45 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, while the other had a Glock 19 pistol with two magazines containing 41 rounds of 9 mm ammunition. Police did not say if the guns and ammunition were police issued.

Two other people were held in another vehicle believed to be connected to the same incident.

Police said all five were suspected were on their way to commit robbery.

According to reports, the trio were under surveillance by SORT and the Professional Standards Bureau.

One of the three officers was once jointly charged with a senior police officer for assault but the case was dismissed in 2019 after the prosecution failed to start the trial on time.

Another suspected officer was awarded $100,000 in February after he sued the state and won for wrongful imprisonment after he was detained without charge for three days in relation to a robbery.

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"[UPDATED] 3 police officers among 5 held on way to commit crime in Gasparillo"

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