Seventeen persons were arrested for various offences by officers of the Central Division during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Couva district, in the early hours of Friday 18th December 2020.

A release from the Police Service reports that during the exercise, officers proceeded to a night club at Perseverance, Couva, where they arrested 12 persons for breach of the COVID Regulations.  The individuals, who are from the Couva and California districts, also were ticketed for failing to wear a face mask.

Police officers reportedly then proceeded to an apartment building at Lisas Gardens, Couva, where they arrested a 30-year-old man for possession of a Smith and Wesson revolver loaded with three rounds of ammunition. At that same location, a 26-year-old man was held for possession of a quantity of cocaine.

The TTPS release states that as the exercise continued, officers also arrested three other persons relative to ongoing investigations into reports of robbery with violence and kidnapping.

Investigations are ongoing.

The exercise—coordinated by Snr. Supt. Simon, Supt. Ramphal, Supt. Pierre, ASP Gibbs and Insps. Ragoo and Alexander—included officers of the Couva Criminal Investigations Department, the Central Division Task Force, Area South and the Couva Warrants Branch.