TTPS blames “sleeper cells” for crime surge in Tobago

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TTPS blames “sleeper cells” for crime surge in Tobago

According to the police, the recent spate of violent crimes on the siste isle of Tobago is due to the activation of sleeper cells.

Legal officer in the Police Service (TTPS) Special Investigations Unit Zaheer Ali told the Joint Select Committee (JSC) on National Security yesterday that there are a few major criminal gangs with sleeper cells in various parts of T&T.

Ali said this was significant in an intelligence context for Tobago, where established gangs are continuing to seek other opportunities to establish lucrative drug blocks and easy avenues for expanding their drug and human trafficking businesses.

“Based on that intelligence, we are seeing that migration to Tobago is really looking to take charge of a territory that can be lucrative to the gangs,” Ali said. Responding to a question from JSC member Randall Mitchell on the increase of crime in Tobago, Ali said he recognised that the TTPS may not have explored the Anti-Gang Act, Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceeding) Act, and Miscellaneous Provisions (Law Enforcement Officers) Act to the depth it should have.