Teen arrested, firearm seized

A 17-year-old youth of Upper Farm Road, Richplain, Diego Martin, was arrested yesterday during an anti-crime exercise in the Western Division. He was subsequently charged for possession of a firearm and ammunition. He is expected to appear at the Children’s Court today.

Around 12:45 pm, based on information received, officers went to Upper Farm Road, Richplain. The police officers saw the teenager standing behind a patch of banana trees. They allegedly observed him drop a firearm as they approached him. He was arrested and a Beretta pistol loaded with 13 rounds of nine-millimeter ammunition was seized.

Officers continued enquiries and executed a search warrant at the home of the teenager in the presence of his mother but nothing illegal was found. However, a white sock containing ten rounds of 40 caliber ammunition was allegedly found in a concrete brick near the residence.

During the exercise, officers also conducted a search opposite Mercer Road in Diego Martin where they allegedly found a black plastic bag containing ten packets with 80 grammes of marijuana. No one was arrested in connection with the find. Enquiries are ongoing.

The exercise, which was conducted between the hours of 10 am and 4pm was sanctioned by Snr Supt Kelvern Thompson, coordinated by Supt Henry and ASP Baird. It was supervised by Ag Sgt Carmona, Ag Cpls Hunte, and Khan, and included officers of the Western Division Task Force (WDTF)