Police officers arrested 31 suspects, seized several firearms, illegal drugs, and recovered stolen items during multiple ant-crime exercises over the last 36 hours. According to the TTPS, search warrants were executed across the Divisions, several drug blocks were searched and a number of road blocks and searches were conducted in the Western, Port-of-Spain, Northern, North Eastern, North Central and Central Divisions.

The following is a press release from the TTPS:

Multiple coordinated Operation Strike Back exercises, which were conducted throughout several policing divisions in Trinidad over the past 36 hours, starting from Wednesday 2nd March, 2022, led to the arrest of 31 suspects and the seizure of firearms, illegal drugs and the recovery of stolen items.

Search warrants were executed across the Divisions, several drug blocks were searched and a number of road blocks and searches were conducted in the Western, Port-of-Spain, Northern, North Eastern, North Central and Central Divisions.

In the Central Division, 23 persons were detained for various offences as a result of the exercise. Police were able to make inroads into the reports of robbery, as seven suspects were arrested on robbery enquiries, four were arrested in connection with larceny, two men were arrested for wounding with intent and another for shooting with intent.

Several search warrants were executed at various locations throughout the Western Division. During the execution of a search warrant at Mahogany Crescent, Diego Martin, police arrested one man and seized one Glock pistol and ten rounds of ammunition.

Two other firearms were also seized. A Glock 42 fitted with a magazine with one round of .380 caliber ammunition was found at an unoccupied house at Rodney Street, Point Cumana, Carenage, while a Smith & Wesson .38 Revolver, with eight rounds of .38 Special ammunition and 469.7 grammes of marijuana were seized at a house at Blue Basin, Diego Martin. Officers also proceeded to Dillon Street, Diego Martin, along with the Canine Unit, where they seized two kilogrammes of compressed marijuana.

Two suspects were detained while police conducted house search and roving exercises in the Area East of the North Central Division yesterday. A 23-year-old man was detained obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duties, while a 51-year-old man was arrested on four affiliation warrants.

Four other persons were also arrested during a warrant exercise conducted in Arouca. Police also seized one Bersa Thunder 40 calibre pistol, with a magazine affixed containing eight rounds of ammunition when they proceeded to a bushy area about fifty feet off the roadway at Spring Valley, Mt D’or Road, Champs Fleur.

A woman from Pasea Street, Tunapuna, was also detained and one black cell phone was recovered when officers conducted enquiries into a report of robbery with aggravation which occurred on 21st January, 2022 in Tunapuna. Meanwhile, officers of the North Central Division recovered one silver hatchback Nissan Tiida vehicle today at Upper Mendez Drive, Champ Fleurs.

The vehicle was reported stolen in the Waterwheel Road, Diego Martin area. The exercise was spearheaded by DCP (Ag.) Operations, Joanne Archie, supervised by ACP Beverly Rodriguez, ACP Daniel Moore and ACP Ramnarine Samaroo, and coordinated by Snr. Supt. Kelvern Thompson, Snr. Supt. Neil Brandon John, Snr. Supt. Ramphal, Snr. Supt. Christopher Pamponette and Snr. Supt. Curt Simon. The operation was also supported by officers of the Guard and Emergency Branch and Inter- Agency Task Force (IATF).