The marijuana seized by police during the exercise in San Fernando, on Sunday. (Image courtesy TTPS)

Four men and one woman were arrested and charged for various offences by officers of the Southern Division during an anti-crime exercise which targeted organised criminal gangs in San Fernando yesterday.

They are all expected to appear virtually before a San Fernando Magistrate today to answer to the charges.

The intelligence-led exercise was coordinated by Snr. Supt. Lucia Winchester, and spearheaded by ASP Ramdass and Insp. Phillip and was conducted between 3 pm and 9 pm, on Sunday 18th July, 2021. It also included officers of the Southern Division Task Force, Canine Branch and the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.

During the exercise, searches were conducted at Mt. Moriah, Wharton Street, Purcell Street, Vistabella, Embacadere, Flamboyant Avenue, Hibiscus Drive, Oleander Drive, and Pleasantville.

Five persons were arrested and charged for various offences as follows:

JOSHUA HOLFORD, 34, of Marabella, was arrested for possession of marijuana and charged by WPC Maxwell;

EMMANUEL HUTCHINSON, 22, of Pleasantville, was arrested for possession of marijuana and charged by PC Edwards

RAYMOND THOMAS, 21, of San Fernando, was arrested for disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest and charged by PC Ramlochan; and,

ANTHONY CYRUS, 44 and RESHMA CYRUS, 44, both of Corinth Hills, San Fernando, were arrested for cultivating 30 marijuana plants and were charged by PC Ferguson.

The officers then proceeded to Hibiscus Drive, Pleasantville, around 8:10 pm, where they observed a man walking along the roadway. Upon seeing the officers, the man dropped an object onto the roadway and ran off. Checks of the area resulted in one Mac 10firearm loaded with a magazine containing six rounds of ammunition being found. Attempts to locate the suspect proved futile.

Investigations are ongoing.