Nineteen-year-old Leon Strong was granted $200,000 bail when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Rehanna Hosein at the Arima Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with being in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The following is a press release from the TTPS:

LEON STRONG, 19, of Wallerfield, Arima, appeared virtually before Senior Magistrate Rehanna Hosein at the Arima Magistrates’ Court yesterday. He was granted $200,000 bail with a surety. Strong was charged with being in possession of a firearm and ammunition by members of the Arima Municipal Police Task Force (AMPTF).

The accused is expected to reappear in court on Monday 4th October, 2021. On Friday 6th August, 2021 around 10.45am members of the AMPTF proceeded to Pinto Road, Arima. Officers observed a group of men gathered on the roadway. Upon seeing the Police vehicle, one of the men clenched his bag and began running.

A chased ensued with officers apprehending the man a short distance away. Officers conducted a search of the man and his bag. It is alleged that the bag contained one black and chrome firearm fitted with a magazine containing ten rounds of nine millimetre ammunition.

Officers enquired if the man was in possession of a Firearm Users License, to which he gave no reply. The firearm was seized, the man arrested and both were conveyed to the Arima Municipal Police Station. He was subsequently charged for the offence.

Around 4pm, a warrant was executed at the man’s home, where officers allegedly discovered two camouflage pants. The prohibited items were seized. Strong pleaded guilty to possession of the prohibited items and was fined $300. The Exercise was spearheaded by W/Supt Erica Prieto, coordinated by W/Insp (Ag) Maxwell and supervised by Sgt (Ag) Henderson and Cpl (Ag) Sandy.