Senior cop suspended amid passport probe

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Assistant Superintendent Ray John of the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda (photo courtesy STRATCOM)

Assistant Superintendent of Police Ray John has been suspended with immediate effect. This is pending the outcome of a probe into his alleged involvement in suspicious activity surrounding an Antigua and Barbuda passport.

Moments ago, he was served with a copy of his suspension letter, penned by the Police Service Commission.

Police sources who saw him leave Police Headquarters after he got the letter, say he was also advised to return to Police Headquarters tomorrow (Saturday) to participate in an interview about the allegations.

John’s home was searched for three hours today and the investigators removed two bags from the Gunthropes property. Several police departments were involved in the operation.

He had been taken off the job this morning and escorted to the house around 9 a.m. and the search was done in his presence.

News of the passport matter surfaced in recent days and it is alleged that one of his colleagues delivered a package on his behalf to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the package was handed over to another man.

That man was traced and later detained and the package was taken from him. In it, was a bio page of an Antigua and Barbuda passport.

The passport office has since said it can account for all the country’s documents, nonetheless, an audit will be done to look into this or any other matters, a press release from the government stated today.

Also today, three officers from St. Vincent arrived in Antigua to assist local police with the investigation.

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