Four people, including a Venezuelan woman, have appeared before a Chaguanas magistrate charged with trafficking in persons and gang-related offences.

The accused are Andrew George, 46, of Embacadere, San Fernando; Damien Scoon, 42, of Carlos Street, Couva; Matthew Ross, 39, of Chase Village, Chaguanas; and Venezuelan national Belzani Ortga Farias, 32, of Southern Main Road, Cunupia.

The four were also charged with possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of marijuana.

They all appeared on Monday before Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ First Court.

Ross, George and Farias were additionally charged with supporting a gang leader in the commission of a gang-related offence, while Scoon was charged with being a gang leader, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.

After submissions were heard, the matter was adjourned to December 9.

The accused were arrested on November 27 after officers of the Special Operations Response Team, Counter Trafficking Special Task Force and Special Investigations Unit raided two locations, including a bar, in the Central Division.

During the exercise, seven suspects were arrested and 46 women rescued.

Officers also seized one Glock pistol, 13 rounds of ammunition, quantities of cocaine, marijuana and a stack of cash.

Investigations were supervised by Sgt St Clair, and included PCs Antoine and Williams and WPC Edwards, all of the Counter-Trafficking Special Task Force.

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