Drugs Sou Sou (DSS) founder Kerron Clarke, centre, speaks to police officers outside his home after it was raided in October. ABRAHAM DIAZ
Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant

Drugs Sou-Sou founder Kerron “Preeze” Clarke in admitting that he has received fresh death threats and is pleading with the general public to stop believing rumours about him owning assets such as houses, yachts, planes and a room full of money

In a seven-minute, 16-second video released on social media on Wednesday, Clarke said the rumours levelled against him were “more tiring than the investigation itself.”

Regards the death threats, Clarke said, “Everybody bad these days. So people will feel entitled and be on the firm belief and go and do what I will call ‘block talk’ and that is a real illiterate term to go with because I cannot understand how someone can say I heard Preeze buy a yacht. Who told you that, Derek and Derek don’t lie. Come on, where is the proof? Where is the evidence towards that? Stop take chain up on the block. Stop take rumours. Stop take unnecessary talk.”

Clarke assured that he is still in T&T and did not have plans of going anywhere.

The video came hours after the T&T Police Service revealed that an application he had made to get the money they seized from his operation returned was denied by an Arima magistrate.

In addressing other rumours, Clarke said: “I do not have several houses, I have not bought any commercial buildings, yachts, planes, gas stations, I had no dealings with Piarco International Project, I was not the main contractor in the Red House, I did not get a contract for Tobago airport, I do not have a room for money, I am not out there spending people sou-sou money, I have not rented any condos.

“So much of nonsense, all of the allegations, rumours pertaining to assets, relationships and different businesses under my name are false. No one has received any refund from me, whether it be police, members of the Defence Force, community leaders and single parents. I could guarantee that every rumour you hear, please take it with a pinch of salt.”

Clarke also denied statements that he had millions in his possession.

“I do not have 100 million and ten million and 15 million and all of these millions rest down somewhere…all of these people who are doing DSS maths and calculations with their Grade V in Mathematics, please do not pay any mind to it or try to justify it. Let’s be real. I’m being real. If I had a 100 million and a yacht, what am I still doing in Trinidad? Catch me if you can like the Gingerbread man – I’m being honest and truthful to you and no I do not have these things.”

On another note, Clarke said he, DSS members and some members of the public will soon be launching a Christmas drive to assist those who were affected by the current police investigation. He said they will be asking the public for donations of clothes, food, toiletries, milk and pampers and will evaluate families in need in different parts of the country.

In ending his video, Clarke assured that he is not the enemy.

“I am still here, still fighting, I am not your enemy,” he said.

On September 21, police raided Clarke’s home and seized $22 million and other documents but hours later the cash and documents were returned. That decision sparked the suspension of four police officers and the transfer of 11 others from the Northern Division. In October, police raided Clarke’s home again and seized $6.4 million and documents. They later got a court order to detain the seized funds for three months.

The case has triggered a national security crisis after intelligence reports suggested a host of senior and junior police officers, soldiers, politicians and criminal gangs were working together to launder illicit funds in a pyramid scheme in which unsuspecting people were investing money for unbelievable returns.

Currently, an investigation into DSS’ operations is ongoing with police officers from Barbados and the United Kingdom assisting in the probe.