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The police arrest eight and close the aggregate factory in Wallerfield

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A transshipper at the aggregate processing plant in Wallerfield, which was closed by police on May 2.  -
A transshipper at the aggregate processing plant in Wallerfield, which was closed by police on May 2. –

Police closed a Warner Group of Companies aggregates processing plant in Wallerfield on May 2 and arrested eight people.

The suspects were each charged with an offense of processing minerals without a permit and released on May 3 at St Joseph Station on $75,000 bail.

Justice of the Peace Abrahim Ali, who approved the bail, said the defendants will appear before the Arima magistrate on June 5.

The aggregate processing plant that was closed by police on May 2 and is operated by the Warner Group of Companies. –

Warner Group of Companies founder Allan Warner confirmed the police operation at the Wallerfield factory on May 2 and the arrest of his son, Aluko Ato Warner, and seven other workers.

“This matter is in the hands of our legal people. We do not wish to comment further,” he said in a telephone interview on May 4.

Police said officers from the Multi-Agency Task Force led by ASP Leon Haynes carried out the exercise, codenamed Operation Falkirk, after surveilling the aggregate processing plant, previously owned by the Moonan Group of Companies.

The aggregate processing plant closed by police in Wallerfield on May 2. –

Police sources said officials from the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industry Minerals Division and inspectors from the State Lands Division also visited the site.

The police have seized several documents and are continuing the investigation.

Newsday received no response to a WhatsApp message seeking comment from Energy and Energy Industry Minister Stuart Young, who has spoken in the past about tackling illegal mining.