Drugs Sou Sou founder Kerron Clarke. ABRAHAM DIAZ

The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) is seeking to clear the air regarding the employment of Drugs Sou Sou (DSS) founder Kerron Clarke by revealing that he was instructed to take 83 days annual leave.

Clarke is a Lance Corporal.

In a media release, the TTDF said the leave was with immediate effect, “as a matter of institutional responsibility and accountability as TTPS (Trinidad and Tobago Police Service) inquires are ongoing.”

The TTDF added that it “categorically states that no military service personnel are above the law.”

It said if any member of the Defence Force is being investigated for alleged criminal or civil matters, procedures under military law will be taken in support of the investigations.

It also said it continues to conduct its internal investigations of the possible involvement of military personnel in the “Drugs Sou Sou” operations that may be considered to be contrary to “Good Order and Military Discipline”.

The TTDF explained that since the first raid on the DSS operations in September, it has been consistent in its support to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service in the conduct of criminal and/or civil inquiries and has taken steps to eliminate any interference into the ongoing investigations.

It said it is fully aware of the public sensitivity surrounding the matter and would continue to take all necessary legitimate actions

as a responsible and professional military organization.

Last week National Security Minister Stuart Young, while speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew said Clarke had been sent on administrative leave but Clarke’s attorney said this was not the case and that he was granted vacation.