Venezuelan among four charged for human trafficking

Venezuelan among four charged for human trafficking

Three men and one female Venezuelan national were remanded into custody after appearing before a Chaguanas Magistrate yesterday, charged with trafficking in persons and gang-related offences.


Andrew George, 46, of Embacadere, San Fernando, Damien Scoon, 42, of Carlos Street, Couva, Matthew Ross, 39 of Chase Village, Chaguanas and Venezuelan national Belzani Ortega  Farias 32, of Southern Main Road, Cunupia, were also charged with possession of firearm, possession of ammunition, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of marijuana.


Ross, George and Farias, were additionally charged with supporting a gang leader in the commission of a gang-related offence, while Scoon, was charged with being a gang leader,
possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.

The matter was adjourned to Monday 9th December 2019. The accused were arrested on Tuesday 27th November 2019, after officers of the Special Operations Response Team, the Counter-Trafficking Special Task Force and the Special Investigations Unit, raided two locations, including a bar, in the Central Division.

During the exercise, seven suspects were arrested and 46 women rescued. Officers also seized one Glock pistol, 13 rounds of ammunition, quantities of cocaine, marijuana and a quantity of