Prisons Officer charged for possession of marijuana

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Prisons Officer charged for possession of marijuana

Following its report dated April 07, 2022, on the apprehension of a prisons officer, the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service advises that said officer was subsequently charged.

Prisons Officer II No. 1882 Nicholas Jarvis, who has over twenty-nine years of service, was charged by No 17430 PC Halls for ‘Possession of marijuana’. He was granted $50,000.00 bail with surety and the matter was adjourned to June 08, 2022, at the Port of Spain Magistrate’s Court.

Officer Jarvis was apprehended outside the Port of Spain Prison when he reported for duty, and was found to be in possession of a substantial quantity of plant-like material.

Commissioner of Prisons (Ag), Mr. Deopersad Ramoutar stated that the crackdown on traffickers will always be a major priority of the Prisons Administration, and whilst due process is tardy, the Administration will do its part to remove persons found trafficking from the system. He however noted his concern with the numerous resources, time and energy placed into apprehending persons and how easily they secure bail. He added that he welcomes the assistance of the joint security agencies which has proven to be most effective, more so when utilized with the internal measures implemented, but more stakeholder involvement has become necessary.

The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service continues to adhere to its duty of care and places the safety and security of all under its care as one of its major priorities.