The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) in Trinidad and Tobago has urged that officers that were involved in the case in which marijuana was found at the residence of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in 2013, be prosecuted for their handling of the substance. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) responded that it has not yet completed its own investigation into the case.
Earlier this year, both the police and the PCA launched separate investigations following a claim that was made by former national security, Jack Warner, that four ounces of marijuana was found outside a window of Persad-Bissessar’s home in April 2013, and there was a conspiracy to cover up the discovery. It was subsequently confirmed by the police that a “plant-like material” was found on the then prime minister’s property. To ensure that there was also no criminal misconduct by police officers involved in the matter, the PCA said that it would probe the circumstances.
A comprehensive investigation was however completed and its files were forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions, along with a recommendation that “specified person(s)” be prosecuted for “misbehaviour in public office on account of wilful neglect of duty”. Assistant Superintendent of Police Michael Pierre nevertheless said the TTPS’ investigation is still ongoing.