The assault rifle and ammunition found by police during the anti-crime exercise in Diego Martin on Tuesday 8 September 2020. (Image: TTPS)

Western Division Police are searching for those responsible for hiding an assault rifle in a tree and are seeking the public’s help in finding them.

An official release from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) reports that the assault rifle was found yesterday, during an anti-crime exercise in the Western Division.

According to police reports, acting on intel received, officers conducted an extensive search at Bridge Road, Diego Martin—an area which has been the site of several recent shootings by warring gangs.

Officers found one high-powered AR-15 assault rifle fitted with a magazine loaded with 30 rounds of 5.56 ammunition, hidden in a tree.

Investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information that may assist police in their investigations is asked to contact the police hotlines at 555, 999, 911, or call CrimeStoppers at 800-TIPS.

Citizens also can share information via the TTPS App.