The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force said it will continue to conduct its internal investigations of possible involvement of military personnel in the “Drugs Sou Sou” operations that may be considered to be contrary to “Good Order and Military Discipline”.
In a media release issued this evening, the TTDF said since the first raid on the DSS operations in September 2020, the TTDF “has been consistent in its support to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service in the conduct of criminal and/or civil inquiries and has taken steps to eliminate any interference into the ongoing investigations.”
The TTDF said it is fully aware of the public sensitivity surrounding the matter and would continue to take all necessary legitimate actions as a responsible and professional military organization.
The “TTDF categorically states that no military service personnel are above the law.”
If any member of the Defence Force is being investigated for alleged criminal or civil matters, procedures under military law will be taken in support of the investigations.
As such, the Defence Force has instructed that Lance Corporal Kerron Clarke, the founder of the DSS organization, be sent on eighty-three (83) days annual leave with immediate effect as a matter of institutional responsibility and accountability as TTPS inquires are ongoing.
The TTDF said it will continue to collaborate with the TTPS to ensure a transparent and thorough investigative process.