The high powered weapons found with the suspect arrested by police in Vistabella, on Saturday 17 October 2020. (Image: TTPS)

A 42-year-old man, wanted for questioning for several murders and shootings in South Trinidad, currently is in police custody, following his arrest in Vistabella, on Saturday night.

At the time of his arrest, police say he had two high-powered weapons in his possession.

Official police reports state that at about 9:30 pm on Saturday October 17th, members of the Southern Division Task Force were on mobile patrol along Boodoosingh Street, Vistabella, when they had cause to stop and search a suspect, who lives at Hubert Rance Street, San Fernando.

The officers reportedly found a black plastic bag which contained one M4 Assault Rifle with two magazines, ten rounds of 5.56 ammunition, along with one Heckler and Koch A5 submachine gun with one magazine.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the Marabella Police Station for questioning.

According to investigators, the suspect is a key member of a gang operating in South Trinidad, and he reportedly is wanted for a series of murders and shootings.

Acting Commissioner of Police, Mc Donald Jacob, said the TTPS is determined to bring an end to gang violence.

“Our intention is to attack with all the artillery given to us within the law,” he asserts in the TTPS release. “Our message is a simple one for the other gang members—give up now or stand the consequences.”

The TTPS release also confirms that the search is on for other members of two gangs which are operating in South Trinidad.