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The police want Interpol to trace Vikash Sharma, a United States resident deported to Trinidad, and who was arrested last week with trafficking cocaine valued $1.6 million, and guns including an AK47 rifle. On that ground, Sharma, 27, was remanded into custody yesterday by a San Fernando magistrate before whom he appeared.
His given address is No 28 Hermitage Village, near San Fernando, and following his arrest eight days ago at a house at that address, Sharma was slapped with the charges, which included possession of gun components.
The charges against Sharma stemmed from a raid last week Wednesday conducted by the San Fernando CID, assisted by the Southern Division Task Force.
Sharma was arrested, and yesterday he was slapped with five charges. Police officers escorted him in handcuffs to the Second Magistrate’s Court from the San Fernando Police Station.
Trailing behind were policemen with two aluminium pots and an AK-47 rifle and pistols sealed in cardboard boxes, one of which contained plastic bags with cocaine.
Senior Magistrate Sieumungal Ramsaran read the charges to Sharma, that on Wednesday, he had in his possession a revolver, one pistol, and an AK-47 rifle, at Hermitage Village. Another charge alleged that on the same day, he had in his possession 62 rounds of 7.62 rounds of ammunition, 20 rounds of 5.7 rounds of ammunition, 13 rounds of nine millimetre ammunition and six rounds of .3 ammunition. The third charge read to Sharma who was kept in the prisoners’ cage, alleged that last week Thursday at Debe, along the SS Erin Road, he had a box containing gun components.
And the fourth, alleged that on that same day, he had 21 rounds of nine millimetre and seven rounds of .38 ammunition.
The fifth charge alleged that on Wednesday last, Sharma had in his possession at No 28 Hermitage Village, cocaine for the purpose of trafficking contained in 11 plastic bags. The court police prosecutor Sgt Veano Ragoo, told the magistrate that the cocaine weighed 2.376 kilogrammes.
Ramsaran also read another charge that Sharma had been in possession of marijuana.
The charges were laid by PC Barry Bacchus and Larry Goddard of the San Fernando CID.
Attorney Jason Jackson pleaded for bail, saying that the offences were bailable. But Ragoo informed the court that Sharma had been deported from the US in 2010.
The prosecutor added that he had been in communication with an officer from the Interpol agency, with offices at Police Headquarters, Port-of-Spain, who had already embarked on conducting a trace on Sharma’s record in the US.
Ramsaran said he was satisfied that on the ground of Interpol’s intervention, he must remand Sharma into custody until April 17.
The officers took the boxes away and the accused was taken to the Golden Grove prison.