Police heeded the call to remove guns from the streets as various anti-crime exercises conducted on Thursday resulted in the seizure of eight guns and the arrest of three people.

This latest seizure made it a total of 29 firearms and 312 rounds of ammunition that have been seized so far for 2022, as the TTPS remains focused in its fight against crime by removing illegal firearms from communities.

According to a media release issued by the T&T Police Service, five firearms were seized in the Central Division, while two were seized in the Southern Division and one in the South Western Division.

While on mobile patrol in the vicinity of Centre City Mall, Chaguanas, on Thursday, officers noticed a man who quickly turned away upon seeing them. The officers intercepted the man, identified themselves, then conducted a search, where they found one black and silver Prosefa .38 special revolver tucked in the right side of his pants waist. The man who does not hold a Firearm Users License was then arrested.

An arrest is imminent, in the incident where officers of the Central Division Task Force-Area North saw a man known to them, run away upon seeing the officers. While on John Street, Enterprise officers saw the man who ran away when the police vehicle came approached him. The officers pursued the man during which one black and silver .45 calibre Charles Daly firearm containing eight rounds of .45 calibre ammunition fell from the suspect who managed to escape. PC Nancoo retrieved the firearm and a warrant has been issued for the man’s arrest.

Also, at about 6 pm officers acted on information received and went to a well-known drug block at Greig Street, Balmain Couva, where two men who were standing under a shed ran off as the police vehicle approached. The officers searched the shed and seized one Glock 19 pistol with an adapter for a silencer with an extended magazine containing 12 rounds of nine-millimetre ammunition, one rectangular packet containing 1001 grams of marijuana, one clear plastic bag containing 94 greyish rock like solids resembling cocaine, 17 foiled packets containing cocaine and six clear packets containing marijuana.

Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat