Drug money gone

Cops probed over missing narco cash

A major investigation of the Drug Squad is under way as the Royal Barbados Police Force tries to solve a potentially embarrassing case of missing drug money.

Few details were immediately available as to how far the net spreads, but Acting Assistant Commissioner responsible for Crime Management Lybron Sobers confirmed to Barbados TODAY this afternoon that a number of police officers were under investigation in connection with the absent cash.

Lybron Sobers

An official source said about $2.5 million in narco cash disappeared sometime between March 5 and March 10 this year, although it was not clear where the money was held, when it was discovered missing and who reported its disappearance.

However, Sobers said he could not confirm the missing amount because he was still awaiting a report from the senior officer conducting the probe.

“I am waiting on a report [from] one of my officers. He is doing the investigation . . . but in my dealings I haven’t heard of that kind of money,” the senior policeman said of the sum.

The top crime sleuth also could not say when, where or from whom the money was confiscated, preferring to wait until the investigation was complete.

“I am waiting on the report right now because I am not even sure. He [the investigator] is doing the investigation at the location and he hasn’t given me a report as yet. I am hoping I get it by this week.”

However, an official source told Barbados TODAY the cash was confiscated from Barbadian and Trinidadian drug lords.

There was no indication whether or not the money was being held as evidence for any upcoming court hearing, and, if so, how its disappearance would affect the case.

Even though the Drug Squad is not a Government revenue collection agency, its crime-fighting task includes the seizure of cash during drugs raids.

It has the power to seize drug-related revenue under the Criminal Assets Recovery Fund Act 2016, supported by several other pieces of legislation such as the Proceeds of Crime Act, the Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (Prevention and Control) Act and the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The Drug Squad is guided by the Barbados National Anti Drug Plan, which outlines the policies, goals, strategies and legislation to combat narcotics trafficking.

The Drug Squad management focuses on major traffickers, although it monitors “street mules” and low-level drug traffickers. Its priority mandate is to cooperate and share information and intelligence with regional and international counterparts, with the main intelligence focus on major traffickers.

The 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey conducted by the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit had found that the Drug Squad, along with the Special Services Unit, Criminal Investigations Department and the Public Relations Department had come in for high praise among the Barbadian public.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

49 Responses to Drug money gone

  1. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward March 29, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Lol well aint this funny, the law steal the law breakers money hahaha. Smh this is messed right up. Thats a lot of money missing, but come to think of it (drug money). Hmmm

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  2. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan March 29, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I en got it!! That’s for sure

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  3. Mhizzjoan Moore
    Mhizzjoan Moore March 29, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    this is one of those lol moments………………..lollllllllllllllll

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  4. Diana Cummins
    Diana Cummins March 29, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Well well, who is policing the police, this is embarrassing..Isn’t there any cameras in the area where such large sums is kept,also isn’t there a person on every shift who is responsible for looking after the cash,with a sign in,and sign off sheet.. hum,,hum..

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  5. Omar Clarke
    Omar Clarke March 29, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Another day in d office

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  6. Alicia Roach
    Alicia Roach March 29, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Wdh

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  7. Ryan Gaskin
    Ryan Gaskin March 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    In these ruff times everybody looking for a dollar

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  8. Colin Jones
    Colin Jones March 30, 2017 at 12:02 am

    I will be waiting to hear the outcome this is one for Scotland yard

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    • Pat BB
      Pat BB March 30, 2017 at 12:08 am

      Don’t hold ur breath, yuh might end up killing yuh self

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  9. Pat BB
    Pat BB March 30, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Get rid of d “bad apples”….they needs to go.

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  10. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow March 30, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Definitely an inside job…police got bills to pay to….

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  11. Shanny Chandler
    Shanny Chandler March 30, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Lovey Donna P I smell corruption

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  12. Natasha Francis
    Natasha Francis March 30, 2017 at 12:13 am

    It ruff here It real ruff, it so ruff people breaking houses more than before Barbadians hitting some hard times, so who is police that in butting hard times too

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  13. Monie Darlin Real
    Monie Darlin Real March 30, 2017 at 12:18 am

    This is becoming too prevalent within small island law enforcement establishments now.

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  14. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul March 30, 2017 at 12:24 am

    A conundrum wrapped up in a conundrum. Maybe the money got up and walk, money must be high on drugs. Now they got to look for….Drugged money?

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    • Lisa March 30, 2017 at 12:55 am

      Lol

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  15. Andrew Power
    Andrew Power March 30, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Thats why no government has the moral authority to dictate to its citizens when corruption and filth oozes through every orifice of its carcass

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  16. Sean Gibbs March 30, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Well I hope when they find out which officers are involved that they lock them up like they would the average citizen. They always get preferential treatment when compared to the general public and it’s not right. CORRUPT the system is.

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    • Bajan March 30, 2017 at 2:12 am

      Tell me which other government departments within recent years, have had any of its employees arrested and put before the courts for crimes committed on or off the job? None that I can call to mind. But the RBPF does. In recent years we saw Policemen being arrested and prosecuted. Also, which other government department employees are subjected to mandatory physiological reviews, random intense security monitoring including being subjected to polygraph testing and financial and social checks? None that I know of, but this is a constant cycle in the RBPF, all in an effort to weed out the few bad cops. Barbadians could be sure that they have a pretty good Police Force despite its shortcomings. We can be almost certain that there are more good honest men and women in the RBPF than there are in the Church or Parliament. In this missing money case, the RBPF will do an outstanding investigation, most likely with the assistance of outside law enforcement agencies. This case will get solved and if a crime has been committed, people will be arrested and prosecuted.

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      • hcalndre March 30, 2017 at 7:37 am

        @Bajan; I agree with a few of your statements but some of the investigations still are based on who the individual or individuals are. One of your comments that was right on is when you mention parliament and the church.

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      • Leroy March 30, 2017 at 9:51 am

        You sound like a total fool if not being sarcastic

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      • Wayne March 30, 2017 at 11:53 am

        Missing money? And if a crime was committed, seems like a loophole is being sought, there are and will always be temptation that can lead to corruption, please clean and not cover.

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  17. Miche March 30, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Storm in a teacup.This sounds so fabricated .Sounds like a rumor that the drug dealers ,awaiting trial would start.,,inflating the figures,so as to confuse those that must make the decision to jail their criminal behinds

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  18. harry turnover March 30, 2017 at 6:34 am

    All that happened is that an officer or Officers didn’t get their usual cut whether it be drugs or money and they decided to squeal.
    That type of proge as my late mother use to say ,was going on EVER SINCE.

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  19. Tony Webster March 30, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Dear editor, I see a few possible explanations:-
    1.This piece is premature, as 1st April ent yet come.
    2. It’s logical: Cash-money is needed for the election campaign. Sorry, campaigns, before I impecune anynone in partic’lar.
    3. You is testing our credibility- and yours!
    4. Someone transplanted Kingston, to Bridgetown?
    5. We shouldn’t fret, as the amount quoted is yet small-change, compared with other shenanigans I’ve heard about.

    Your turn to play, please.

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  20. Alex Alleyne March 30, 2017 at 6:40 am

    At one time in another Country nuff drugs vanish from a police station and it was said that the “rats eat it”.

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  21. Clyde Thompson March 30, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Hahaha, the Bajan Mafia has shown it’s face, guns now the money

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  22. Brewster March 30, 2017 at 8:37 am

    OMG! How embarrassing!!!

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  23. Aj March 30, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Look in the police car park to see who is driving new cars

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  24. North Point March 30, 2017 at 9:33 am

    from the time I was a little boy my mother told me that money does not have any friends.

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  25. jrsmith March 30, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Come on bajans wake up, who is being embarrassed you cannot embarrassed some or anyone who is morally bankrupt and ever so untrustworthy, their are all at it from top to bottom and all across the board……….
    As I always say , certain people in barbados which is the big up criminals is protected , ( dig this move ), the money is part of crime evidence , no evidence no case..
    This might be the best exposure us bajans have to show how corrupt all of Barbados is …………………………………….
    I am not surprise of this happening this is just part of what to come………
    But I always say ,, mark my word, one day the ones who is protecting the big up, will need protecting themselves and thats when we are going to see a lot of dead criminals with some of they family members they in Barbados ……………………………..

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  26. gsmiley March 30, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Bajan you are obviously a police officer or you were one. Too defensive man.

    And as I recall several court marshals have been prosecuted in recent years for theft.

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  27. Bradg March 30, 2017 at 10:29 am

    This too funny…… the long arm of the law involve with theft. Maybe the money gone to pay Civil Servants this month. And ease the pressure on Central Bank! Government has less money to print.

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  28. Sophia Hayes March 30, 2017 at 11:02 am

    What’s the number for Crime stoppers again?

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  29. lester March 30, 2017 at 11:25 am

    CORRUPTION AT ALL LEVELS, IF FOUND GUILTY LOCK UP EVERYONE OF THEM, I HOPE THE CONFISCATED GUNS AINT GINE MISSING

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    • Wayne March 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      If and when legislation was being sought to register all firearms , and the court ruled against it, we would be able to answer your question. Because they will be a list of registered firearms, there will be a list of confiscated firearms and the lists could provide evidence and proof about if those firearm were finding they way back on the street.

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  30. Deb MP March 30, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I wonder when the authorities confiscate money from illegal gains what they do with it? I know in America the drug money go into the state to help finance things like police cars, buses etc. So I think that money should have been sign over to whoever need the use of it most in the government and put to good use.

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  31. Milli Watt March 30, 2017 at 11:55 am

    “The 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey conducted by the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit had found that the Drug Squad, along with the Special Services Unit, Criminal Investigations Department and the Public Relations Department had come in for high praise among the Barbadian public.” I wonder who de clowns talk to……..ah yes de police. I suppose they can be considered to be the Barbadian public also when they aren’t stealing drug money.

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  32. Sheron Inniss March 30, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    How deep is a well well well? Man the money was high so it flew away; no lie.

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  33. socatwin March 30, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    The long and short . If those cases still pending Throw them out

    If the case done , free money

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  34. greengiant March 30, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I am baffled to think why is this issue in the public’s domain. Unless this is an indirect effort to gather information. There is an ongoing investigation, and there must be a system in place to secure evidence or confiscated assets within this department.

    There must be cross verification, or storage / handling procedures in place. Therefore someone is responsible for the lapse, or deliberately conspiring to commit this unlawful removal. So you skilled investigators needed to just get on with the job, send the suspect(s) on suspension, file to the D P P and get the matter through the courts.

    Oh I just remembered our past, present, and future aspiring politicians are the employees within the court system so it may take two five year terms to get it through the courts. Plenty free salary for some corrupt officer(s) and maybe civilian employee.

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  35. lindsay trotman March 30, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    crooks and robbers

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  36. lindsay trotman March 30, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    hat money must had wings or fly away like the song

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  37. Penny March 31, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Nothing will come out of this. Will be swept under the carpet. The crooked royal Barbados police force as said by naked departure. Good luck Mr sobers. You need God to help u with this

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  38. Donild Trimp March 31, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Let me come in and solve this simple case for the good of all.

    2.5 million disapeared between March 5th and march 10th this year.

    Easy like Sunday morning.

    This case can be solved in one day.

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  39. Black Demon April 1, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Thing is nothing about people or person was held with the help from here or there nd confiscated wat ever amount of money was never on the news or anything so tell me how the fuck $2.5 mil get carry way from a crime nobody in barbados hear bout but yet still money gone but lol things happen nd d coppers know wat is wat but whose ta say d same ppl dat doin investigation gine lock up nd charge d pigs that do it cause wen it all boil down, every person that wear a police uniform are all fuckin dirty pigs..
    So yea ppl,d money get hold from a ghost and d table or cage d money was in get carry way from d ghost it get confiscate from so ya int gine hear bout it fa a long time afta now lol wdf

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  40. Jea Alleyne April 2, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I am told this system is built on the UK system. It may have been founded on it but the things that happen here, could not happen over there….the UK updated legislation to resolve issues like the Police Investigating the Police…Investigations are carried out by the IPPC. (The Independent Police Complaints Commission) https://www.ipcc.gov.uk, im impressed by their website, its very user friendly and informative. and cameras are installed in police stations for obvious reasons. This whole system here is set up to fail the citizens and it does.

    To me its an open and shut case…how many people had access to the money? A simple Process of elimination, perhaps we should get some CSI Agents 🙂 Only in Barbados !!

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  41. Jim nicol April 15, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Has this story just vanished like the money?
    Why is nobody following this up?
    This is a serious amount that must be somewhere?

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