The Maximum Security Prison in Arouca is stepping up security around the facility, following the discovery last night of weapons and explosives near the garden area.
Commissioner of Prisons Shamshudeen Mohammed, in an interview with the Newsday, said he is not surprised by the discovery, as the prison housed some of the most dangerous men in Trinidad and Tobago, who had the influence and resources to gather such weapons.
He said as of Thursday morning prison officials were assisting the police and the prison service will continue to do its part in securing its facilities.
Mohammed said “We are just as concerned as the public about this latest development but we want them to be assured that we are working very hard at our security measures to protect the nation from these hardcore criminals and gang members who choose to disrupt society.”
Although the weapons were found near the prisons garden, Mohammed said the gardening programme will not be halted.