The Financial Investigations Branch (FIB) of the Police Service has obtained an order from the court to forefeit $99,900 which was seized from a supected drug dealer who has since been shot dead.
The order was granted on January 14, 2021 by Chief Magistrate
Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court.
A release from the Police Service said a cash forfeiture investigation began on September 13, 2018, after $99,900 was seized from Jason Sankar by the FIB.
Sankar, 20, of Stella Street, La Romaine and Sterlin Walker were among a group of men playing cards at a house at Red Brick Trace, South Oropouche on November 3, 2020.
Gunmen ambushed the group and fired several shots. Sankar was hit. He died on the way to hospital. Walker was hospitalised.
The cash was seized pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act Chapter 11:27.
On September, 14, 2018, a Cash Detention Order was granted by Chief Magistrate Busby Earl -Caddle at the Port- of- Spain Magistrates’ Court for a period of three months.
This order was granted to allow for continued investigations into the legitimacy of the source of the funds, or its intended use.
On September 17, , 2018 the $99,900.00 was deposited
into the Treasury by virtue of Section 38 (5) of the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Police Constable James, of the FIB, conducted enquires, interviewed
people, made requests to several State agencies, received responses and submitted a file with his findings and recommendations.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) was engaged and advice sought.
On August 7, 2019 an application for forfeiture of the seized cash
was laid at the Port- of- Spain Magistrates’ Court.
On November 3, 2020 Sankar was shot multiple times and died as a result and gunshot wounds.
On Thursday, the forfeiture application was heard by Earl- Caddle via virtual hearing in the same court.
The State was represented by State attorney Kadisha Sinanan, of the Office of the DPP.
During the hearing attorney Christon Williams, who represented the
interest of Sankar, withdrew his services.
The Chief Magistrate eventually ordered the forfeiture of the $99,900.00 in accordance with the Proceeds of Crime Act.