Alcohol smuggling probeActing Police Commissioner David Ramnarine confirmed on Tuesday that Commander of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit, Deputy Superintendent Mootie Dookie has been removed from his post.Dookie is under investigation after he was reportedly caught smuggling 30 cases of whiskey.SWAT Commander Mootie DookieGuyana Times understands that Dookie will be out of his post pending the outcome of the investigation.When asked about Dookie’s replacement, the acting Top Cop said that although the SWAT has the capacity for someone to be appointed Officer in Charge, there is already sufficient oversight at the level of Police Headquarters.On December 30, the Head of SWAT was detained at the Whim Police Station and placed under close arrest after 30 cases of illegal whiskey were discovered in a vehicle in which he was travelling.The discovery was made when officers, in a special operation, stopped the minibus on the Whim Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice and Dookie had reportedly told the Police that there were only 10 cases of whiskey which were being taken to a party. However, a search proved otherwise as 30 cases were found.On Sunday, it was claimed that the Policeman later escaped from lawful custody, but a senior Police rank in B Division (Berbice) denied knowledge of any escape, and maintained that the detainee was still in custody. This publication was told that Dookie should not have been in Berbice in the first place based on confirmation that his commanding officer never permitted him to leave Police headquarters in Georgetown.Dookie was appointed to his post only three months ago following the removal of his predecessor, Lonsdale Withrite. Withrite was relieved of his duties on October 4, 2017, two days after he was allegedly robbed of his service weapon, 16 live rounds of ammunition and his motor car, while in the company of a female friend at the seawall at Kitty, Georgetown.
DINNER BY SEVEN, having finished second to the speedy imported filly JENNANDROSESGIRL over the straight on September 12, is tipped to go one better in the competitive looking restricted allowance race over the course for three-year-olds at Caymanas Park today.From the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the three-year-old filly was highly fancied to win over the distance last time out, but found JENNANDROSESGIRL too elusive and finished two lengths second in a good field of non winners of two.DINNEER BY SEVEN chased the winner relentlessly behind fast splits of 22.3, 45.3 and back in action with only 51.0`kg, will not go down easily in a race of this nature, especially from her favourable high number draw.The daughter of Liquidity-Colony Belle can expect stiff competition from TROJAN and ABBEY ROAD, along with the lightly-raced but promising pair of JESSE’s FAVORITE and GOLD MEMBER, both of whom impressed over the straight in maiden company last Saturday.biggest dangerTROJAN, who was behind DINNER BY SEVEN in fourth over the course on September 12, is poorly drawn at post position one and looks held by DINNER AT SEVEN coming from post position 13. The Richard Azan-trained ABBEY ROAD has trained well and set to carry 50.5kg for the services of new apprentice Bebeto Harvey, could prove the biggest danger to a very fit DINNER AT SEVEN, who I am expecting to make all on the stands’ side, with in-form Paul ‘Country’ Francis aboard.Elsewhere on the card, ENHANCE PROSPERITY, with promising apprentice Linton Steadman riding for trainer Donovan Thompson, is primed to win the third race over the straight for five-year-olds and up.She finished a close sixth to LORD STORM in a $350,000-$300,000 claiming race on September 12, beaten only 2 3/4 lengths in a better field than the one she runs in today. Having secured a favourable high number draw, ENHANCE PROSPERITY is preferred to GREAT BROWN and YOUR EMINENCE in a field of 13.I also like STIR IT UP in the fourth race, MONEYNEVERSLEEP in the fifth, LEGENDARY PLEASURE in the seventh and EXPRESS TRUCK in the closing race.