Assistant Superintendent of Police in Antigua Vincentian Ray John has been suspended with immediate effect, pending the outcome of a probe into his alleged involvement in suspicious activity surrounding an Antigua and Barbuda passport.
John’s home was searched for three hours on Friday 13th April 13, 2018, and the investigators removed two bags from the property with numerous documents and other items.
According to the Antigua Observer he was taken off the job on Friday 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 Observer said that the Antigua 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.
Also on Friday three officers from St. Vincent arrived in Antigua to assist local police with the investigation.
John is a senior officer who jumped two ranks up within a year (2015/2016) and later placed 1st runner-up in the 2016 Amalgamated Security Services Ltd (ASSL) Regional Recognition Awards Programme, which sought to honour the ‘Top Caribbean Crime Fighter’ in the region.