Twenty-six people were arrested by police during anti-crime exercises in the Northern Division this morning. According to police reports, 12 persons were arrested in Tunapuna in connection with gang and firearm related offences.

The following is a press release from the TTPS:

Police arrested 26 persons for various offences, when officers from multiple units across three policing divisions conducted a wellcoordinated intelligence-led operation in area West of the North Central Division, between 4 am and 8 am today.

The operation consisted of simultaneous house search exercises in the Tunapuna area, where several search warrants were executed. During the exercise, 12 persons were arrested in connection with enquiries into gang and firearm related offences in the Tunapuna district.

Six suspects were detained for being in possession of marijuana, while six others were arrested on outstanding warrants and two other persons were arrested for obstruction and resisting arrest.

The exercise was spearheaded by Snr Supt Bryan Ramphall, coordinated by Supt Powder, ASP Coggins, Insp Highly and supervised Sgt La Pierre, Cpl Forde, Cpl Superville, Cpl Gooding and other members of the North Central Task Force-West, and supported by the Canine Unit, Tunapuna Process, Tunapuna Criminal Investigations Department, St Joseph Criminal Investigations Department, North Central Division Task ForceEast, Northern Division Task Force-North, Northern Division Task Force – South, North Eastern Division Task Force, Northern Division Gang Unit, Maloney Criminal Investigations Department, Arouca Criminal Investigations Department, La Horquetta CID and Arima CID. Enquiries are continuing