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(ANTIGUA OBSERVER) – Numerous documents and other items were seized this morning during a three-hour search at the home of Inspector Ray John.
The operation was led by his colleagues from the Criminal Investigations Department, K-9 Unit and other police departments as well as the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy.
John, who reported for duty at police headquarters this morning, was taken from his office around 9 a.m. to his Gunthorpes home which was thoroughly searched by officers investigating a passport matter emanating from his nativeland St. Vincent.
After searching his home in his presence and the presence of his mother and other relatives, the police took John back to Police Headquarters where he and his lawyer, John Fuller remained up to the time of this post at 2:15 p.m. today.
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.
But his award was questioned by some of his colleagues and some residents who have accused him of police brutality, including one man who has since sued him.
Some have described him as a “radical” officer.
Two years ago in an interview with OBSERVER media, John said he had his eyes set on becoming a deputy commissioner of police.