Police officers carried out multiple exercises and investigations, which all resulted in the seizure of guns and ammunition, and the arrest of four suspects. Details follow in this press release from the TTPS:
A Port-of-Spain teenager was arrested along with four men in separate exercises conducted between yesterday and this morning.
Officers were conducting an anti-crime exercise, near Lodge Place, Port of Spain, around 9:35 am on Tuesday 8th February, 2022, when they observed an individual acting in a suspicious manner. The suspect looked in the direction of the officers, held onto the right side of his pants waist and then ran into some nearby bushes. Officers pursued the man and he was eventually apprehended. Upon conducting a search, the officers discovered a Steyr M9 firearm containing nine rounds of nine-millimetre ammunition in the suspect’s possession. Further enquiries revealed that the suspect was 15-years-old. The teen was then taken to the Besson Street Police Station. Enquiries are continuing.
In another incident, a 35-year-old man of Kelly Village, Caroni, was arrested yesterday for possession of firearm and ammunition. Around 5 pm, officers responded to a report of a man armed with a gun in Kelly Village, Caroni. On arriving at River and Branch Road, the officers observed a man running along the roadway holding a firearm in his right hand. Upon seeing the police officers, the man allegedly threw the firearm over a wall. A chase ensued and the man was held a short distance away. A Taurus G3 firearm with a magazine containing nine rounds of nine-millimetre ammunition was found a short distance away.
Three men from Sangre Grande were also arrested for being in possession of ammunition during an exercise conducted in the Eastern Division. The exercise, which took place between the hours of 11:45 pm yesterday and 4 am today, involved the execution of a search warrant at a residence on Picton Road, Sangre Grande. Four rounds of nine-millimetre ammunition and four rounds of 5.56ammunition were seized at the residence.
Enquiries are continuing.