“18 held during Operation Strike Back”

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Eighteen persons were arrested as ‘Operation Strike Back’, continued in the Northern Division on Sunday. Operation Strike Back was activated by Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith on September 1, to reduce serious crimes particularly murder, combat gang related activities and minimize the spread of the fear of crime nationally.

The operation was carried out between 4 am and 8 am, in the La Horquetta, St Joseph, Arima, and Malabar districts and included officers attached to the Northern Division Criminal Investigations Department, Northern Division Task Force, the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit and the Canine Branch. Several road block exercises were mounted at strategic locations and 12 search warrants were executed against known offenders in the targeted communities.

Five suspects were detained in connection with recent reports of woundings and shootings, three for robberies and two for possession of marijuana in the Malabar district. Four suspects were held for breaking and robbery offences in the Arima district while the remaining suspects were arrested in the St. Joseph and La Horquetta districts for wounding with intent, possession of firearm and ammunition and traffic offences.

2 HELD FOR ROBBING MINI-MART

Two male suspects, ages 18 and 25, were arrested in connection with robbery with aggravation against a 51 year-old proprietor of a mini mart on Saturday.

The victim was at his business place along the Eastern Main Road, Sangre Grande, around 3 am, when two men, one armed with a gun, approached him and announced a robbery. The victim was robbed of phone cards, cigarettes, a cellphone and a quantity of cash, before the suspects made their escape on foot.

Investigations were conducted, resulting in the two suspects being arrested and conveyed to the Sangre Grande Police Station, pending charges.

PRISONS OFFICER ASSAULTED

One man was arrested in connection with the assault of a Prisons Officer in the Valencia district on September 6.

The victim was at his home when he got into an altercation with the suspect, which resulted in him being chopped on his forearm with a cutlass by the suspect.

The suspect was subsequently held and is expected to be charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

HELD WITH GUN, AMMO

A 26 year-old man of Charlieville is currently in police custody for possession of a firearm and ammunition, after a search warrant was executed at his home on Saturday.

The warrant was executed during an anti-crime exercise coordinated by Central Division Operations Unit, in the Chaguanas district. During the search, officers discovered one Beretta pistol loaded with 15 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and one  round of .38mm ammunition, as well as 3gms of marijuana.

Investigations are continuing.

3 KILOS OF COCAINE SEIZED

Three kilogrammes of cocaine were discovered by officers of the North Eastern Division, during an anti-crime exercise in the Las Cuevas village, on Saturday.

During the exercise, officers attached to the Maracas Bay Police Station, Blanchisseusse Police Station and the Canine Branch, carried out a search in a forested area.

There, they found three rectangular packages wrapped in plastic containing 3 kgs of cocaine along with another packet containing 80 gms of marijuana. Inquiries are continuing.

FARMER ARRESTED

A 53 year-old farmer is now in police custody for possession of two firearms and a quantity of ammunition after a search warrant was executed at his home on Saturday.

A party of officers attached to the Fyzabad Police Station, carried out the search at the suspect’s Ralphnarine Trace, Oropouche home, resulting in the discovery of a homemade shotgun loaded with one round of 12 gauge ammunition and one Smith and Wesson revolver loaded with 6 rounds of .38mm ammunition.

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