first_imgAlcohol 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.last_img

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