Wed, 23 Sep 2020 05:59:54 +0000
9 held in sou sou raid
A MONTH after police warned the public to be wary of a growing trend of pyramid schemes in TT – also called “sou sou” schemes – nine people including a member of the defence force were held and a large quantity of cash seized by police after a raid at a house in La Horquetta on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said members of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and officers of the Northern Division co-ordinated by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, DCP Jayson Forde and Supt Ramkhelawan, went to a building along Kathleen Warner Drive at 11.40 am.
According to a police media release, the exercise was launched in response to reports that people were violating the covid19 regulations by gathering outside the house to collect money from the get-rich-quick scheme, but the crowd dispersed when they saw the police.
Sources said while they could not determine the exact quantity of cash seized in the building, they estimated it to be “in the millions” and said it was hidden in the ceiling and in a water tank. It was originally reported that ten people were arrested, but one was later released.
Of the nine still in custody, a 45-year-old man identified as a senior member of the defence force was arrested for possession of a gun and ammunitio