LoopTT – Security has been heightened at the Golden Grove Prison in Arouca following the discovery of a quantity of C4 explosives, guns and ammunition near the facility.
This was disclosed by Minister of National Security, Fitzgerald Hinds, who was asked for an update on the matter by Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, Dr. Roodal Moonilal.
Speaking in the House of Representatives, Hinds further noted that the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service is conducting an internal investigation in tandem with the ongoing inquiry launched by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
On Thursday, the TTPS disclosed that officers attached to the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) searched a number of areas near the prison – including a riverbank, a garden, and a bushy area – after receiving a tip off.
The items were subsequently found around 11:40pm. Among them, one 9mm pistol loaded with a magazine containing 15 rounds of ammunition, one AR rifle loaded with a magazine containing 30 rounds of ammunition, one revolver and five rounds of ammunition, a quantity of C4 explosives, one length of detonator cord, four detonators, and two walkie-talkies.
At least two newspaper reports have quoted “sources” who allegedly said the items were to be used by well-known gang leaders in a jailbreak plot.