TRINIDAD: No report of ganja found at Prime Minister's house -- Police

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trinidad-p-m-kamla-persad-bissessar.jpgWith the Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams denying the existence of any report on the discovery of marijuana at the Prime Minister's home in 2013, Jack Warner held a news conference this afternoon, to "reveal all the details".

The news conference, attended by local and foreign media, was held at Mandela Hall, Centre of Excellence, Macoya.

Warner played three tape recorded conversations between him and a man sounding like former National Security Minister Gary Griffith, and an email exchange in which Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar and the alleged marijuana find at her home, was the subject.

In an interview with Express Chief Reporter Joel Julien on Tuesday afternoon, Griffith confirmed he was the person whose voice was heard in the taped conversations. Griffith said he is leaving it to the population to decide the kind of man Warner is for secretly taping him.

He however dismissed Warner's "bombshell", saying everything remains as is and that Warner was the only person who ever mentioned a situation of marijuana being found at Persad-Bissessar's home.

Speaking with reporters in Tobago on Monday, Williams was asked about the Sunday Express report, in which Warner, in a statement submitted to a Justice of the Peace last week, claimed that on Friday April 12, 2013, former deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson came to the Parliament and informed him (Warner) that a packet containing four ounces of marijuana was found outside a window of Persad-Bissessar's private Phillipine residence.

Warner, then the National Security Minister , claimed that he called Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal who advised him to contact the Prime Minister who was in New York at the time.

Warner claimed when he contacted the Prime Minister, she was surprised and enquired whether she should return home immediately and resign.

He claimed that he advised Persad-Bissessar to not resign as he and others- Richardson, Moonilal as well as former national security adviser Gary Griffith - would cover up the ganja find.

In the Sunday Express article, reporter Denyse Renne said she was shown a copy of a police diary extract which stated that 113 grammes of marijuana were found at Persad-Bissessar's house during a routine patrol at around 7am on April 12.

Richardson, Moonilal, and Griffith have all since denied the claims by Warner, who is fighting extradition to the United States on multiple charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering brought by the US Department of Justice, linked to alleged wrong-doing while he was a FIFA Vice President. A check by the Express also found that Persad-Bissessar was in the country on April 12, and left for New York two days later.

Acting Commissioner Williams said he sought to verify the claims made by Warner "and there is no report recorded in the police service concerning a matter like that. I was head of the police service at that point in time and that matter was not brought to my attention".

Williams said he had also spoken with the operational head of the special branch named in the report. 'He has publicly already said he nothing about that report and he has confirmed that position to me"

Regarding the existence of a police diary extract concerning the marijuana find, Williams said "there is no recorded report based on the check and verification"