Beetham Gardens resident Richard “Snake” Marcelle, who shot to prominence last month after kicking flood water on to Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds, was charged today for “assault by beating and use of obscene language” against the Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General.
The Police Communications Department confirmed that the charges against Marcelle stemmed from his confrontation with Hinds on 14 August 2018. Marcelle, according to the TTPS, is “also expected to be charged for possession of drugs.”
His detention was one of 86 arrests for various offences during ‘Operation Strike Back’ on Thursday and Friday, which supposedly led to the seizure of an unverified quantity of drugs, guns and ammunition.
The TTPS has claimed over 200 arrests in nine Operation Strike Back exercises so far. Yesterday’s exercise was conducted in the Port of Spain and Central Divisions and included officers from the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, Special Branch, Chaguanas Police Station, Port of Spain Criminal Investigations Department, Court and Process Branch, Task Force, Guard and Emergency Branch, Inter-Agency Task Force and the Canine Branch.