Magistrate Orders Police To Return Drugs Sou Sou Money


In this October 27, 2020 file photo, Drugs Sou Sou founder Kerron Clarke watches police raiding his home in La Horquetta. –

An Arima magistrate on Tuesday denied police an extension to keep $ 40,000 seized in the arrest of Drugs Sou Sou (DSS) founder Kerron Clarke.

The order, issued by Magistrate Indar Jagroo, is the second related to money seized by police in investigations into money laundering allegations involving the DSS, which were to be returned.

In June, Magistrate Brambhanan Dubay denied police an extension to keep $ 64,935, which they seized in February from hairstylist Cindy Brooks. Some of the money, she said, came from her DSS “hand”.

On Tuesday, Jagroo rejected the request that was made on September 21, saying there was not enough evidence to allow further detention of the money.

Clarke was represented by lawyers Rosario Sookdeo and Dana-Marie Smith while the police were represented by military lawyer Cpl Elvin Mings.

The money was seized in February when police arrested Clarke at her home on Kathleen Warner Drive in La Horquetta. Clarke was subsequently charged with two money laundering offenses contrary to section 45 (1) (b) of the Proceeds of Crime Act.

According to the charges, under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Clarke received a television on an unknown date between May 3, 2019 and February 8, 2021, as security for a loan that the recipient was unable to obtain. refund.

He was also charged with receiving $ 1,850, on an unknown date between February 9, 2019 and December 3, 2020, as interest received on a loan, while operating a money lender business. without license.

In September 2020, police searched and seized nearly $ 22 million from Clarke, which they then returned. Following three more searches of her home, police seized $ 7.7 million they requested and were granted permission to retain as proceeds of crime.

A month later, Clarke shut down DSS and has since worked to get the money back to her. Clarke, through his lawyers, disputes the police seizure. The case is set for next year.

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