Trinidad police probing social media post naming alleged gang leaders

Dwayne King

(Trinidad Guardian) Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith and se­nior mem­bers of the Or­gan­ised Crime and In­tel­li­gence Unit are cur­rent­ly fo­cus­ing on three al­leged gang lead­ers and their “shoot­ers” whose pho­tos were leaked in a so­cial me­dia post yes­ter­day.

The in­for­ma­tion ac­com­pa­ny­ing the pho­tographs la­belled three in­di­vid­u­als, two of whom are a cou­ple from Co­corite, al­leged­ly af­fil­i­at­ed to the Co­corite Mus­lim City Gang, the Un­ruly Isis Gang and the John John Mus­lim gangs.

The leak came hours af­ter an at­tempt was made on the life of busi­ness­man Dwayne King, of Wa­ter­hole, Co­corite. Gun­men am­bushed and shot King sev­er­al times as he was seat­ed in traf­fic in his sil­ver Ti­i­da along the Beetham High­way on Tues­day. King re­mained ward­ed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at the Port-of-Spain Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal last night un­der heavy po­lice guard. There was al­so said to be a heavy po­lice pres­ence in and around the hos­pi­tal’s com­pound.

Po­lice sources told the T&T Guardian yes­ter­day that Grif­fith and of­fi­cers as­signed to spe­cial units fo­cused on deal­ing with gangs and in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing have the pho­tographs and in­for­ma­tion “be­fore them” do­ing their re­spec­tive re­search and analy­sis.

The leaked in­for­ma­tion al­so claimed that the three al­leged lead­ers were re­spon­si­ble for at least eight mur­ders, with the vic­tims iden­ti­fied and sev­er­al oth­ers who were shot and wound­ed.

The Mus­lim City Gang’s vic­tims named were: Do­minic “Zeb­by” Gre­goire, Car­los Gre­goire, who was a wit­ness to Zeb­by’s mur­der, Dwayne “Mon­key” Man­zano, Damien “Southie” Main­got, Sayid Cal­len­der, Kendell “DJ Cocky” Dun­can, At­i­ba Worme and De­von “Tal­ly” Gre­goire.

“The boss­es of all the Mus­lim City gang to date con­tin­ues to pro­vide guns and am­mu­ni­tion by giv­ing or­ders to their shoot­ers to send threats and open gun­fire in hopes of killing all non-Mus­lims,” the in­for­ma­tion in the post al­leged.

How­ev­er, po­lice sources be­lieve that this in­for­ma­tion may be un­true based on the in­tel­li­gence they have so far re­ceived.

“This goes a lot more deep­er, in­for­ma­tion that can­not be dis­closed at this time. But this is just a tip of the ice­berg in terms of how se­ri­ous this gang sce­nario is in T&T,” a se­nior of­fi­cer said.

How­ev­er, in­for­ma­tion reach­ing the T&T Guardian sug­gests that there is an in­ter­nal split in one of the ma­jor gangs in Co­corite who re­fer them­selves as the “Mus­lims.” The split oc­curred ear­li­er this year and has led to sev­er­al mur­ders from April to Sep­tem­ber 26. Some of the gang mem­bers who fell out from the group are now turn­ing their guns on their for­mer col­leagues for rea­sons un­known, the T&T Guardian was told. It is sus­pect­ed that when­ev­er a killing in the area is car­ried out blame is be­ing placed on the ri­val gang “Ras­ta City,” but ac­cord­ing to in­tel­li­gence “the Mus­lims are war­ring with each oth­er.”

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