People who are blinded in loyalty to their respective gang leaders and others in the community will be arrested should they move to block roads and protest.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith made this clear to people who condone gang activities and seek to defend gang leaders and members in their respective communities. He spoke at a news conference yesterday.
Homicide detectives have wrapped up their investigations into the 2018 murder of Parliament clerk Marianna Moonisar.
On Thursday, senior officers of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region Three, passed on their file to their legal officer.
It was expected to be submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for instructions on whether or not to charge the 24-year-old Claxton Bay labourer who was accused of the crime.
A 31-year-old suspect is due to appear before a Couva Magistrate, charged with possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Govinda Maharaj of Claxton Bay, was arrested by officers on Tuesday during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Claxton Bay area.
The reputed head of the Rasta City gang from the Beetham community has been taken into custody by police in an ongoing anti-gang operation which began on Wednesday.
He was held just before 3pm today.
This is the third reputed gang leader held in the last couple days.
We will have more on this later.
A Diego Martin man is now dead after shooting himself in his head, in what appeared to be a bad game gone wrong.
Ben Ambrose was at Union Road in Diego Martin when he accidentally shot himself in the head.
According to reports, Ambrose was with a friend and put the gun to his head as a joke.
The friend warned him not to play with the gun because it was loaded.
However, Ambrose thought it was all a joke and continued to pull the trigger.
He died at the scene.
Police are continuing investigations.
"A few punks who refer to themselves as gang leaders have been acting up and instrumental in over 12 homicides recently," declared Commissioner Gary Griffith to Guardian Media Wednesday evening.
Griffith had been coordinating several intelligence-driven operations executed by the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) in the Laventille, Beetham and Diego Martin area during the day and which continued last night into this morning in other areas.
The headquarters of the Rasta City and Muslim gangs were infiltrated by police today, resulting in the arrest of one alleged gang leader and four other persons.
Officers, led by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, conducted exercises in Beetham Gardens and Picton.
Otto Carrington and cameraman Kevin Maharaj tell us more.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has with immediate effect, raised the policing alert from ‘Amber’ to ‘Red’, as a result of ongoing gang activities and homicides, a statement by the Police service said Wednesday afternoon.
The statement said that Griffith notes that law-abiding citizens may experience some inconvenience due to these intensified operations.
It adds that this is necessary to deal with criminal activity and to maintain law and order across the country.