Venezuelans held with weapons …”GUNS FOR FOOD”

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Six Venezuelans were held on Friday night with 12 guns. From all reports, the Venezuelans brought the guns into Trinidad, hoping to exchange them for food which they were going to carry back to their home.

But their plans changed when South Western Division police stormed an apartment in La Romaine on Friday night and seized the 12 guns.

According to reports, police raided the apartment on Renn Avenue, La Romaine, around 10 pm on Friday where they found and seized eight revolvers, four pistols and 11 rounds of .38 ammunition.

The six Venezuelan men, whose ages range from 20 to 48, were arrested.

On August 30, 2017, five Venezuelans were arrested, and two revolvers and ammunition seized, by officers of the Central Division Task Force during an anti-crime exercise in the Penal district.

According to a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, officers conducted the exercise during which they executed a search warrant at a house at Katwaroo Trace, Penal.

Officers found one Smith and Wesson revolver, one King Cobra revolver, two rounds of .38 mm ammunition and 200 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition.

On February 22 this year, nine Venezuelans were arrested in a house in La Romaine with a cache of firearms and ammunition.

While investigators suspect the firearms were brought over to trade for food or cash by the Venezuelans, the fact that the guns were loaded raised suspicions as to whether the men had planned to use them in robberies or related crimes.

Acting on information South Western Division Task Force and Penal CID stormed a house along James Crescent, La Romaine.

The officers found one Walther .40 pistol fitted with a magazine containing eight rounds of .40 ammunition, one Ruger Speed Six- Calvin .38 special revolver with three rounds .38 special ammunition, one Rossi .38 Special revolver with four rounds .38 special ammunition, an extended magazine, 266 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and six rounds of .40 ammunition.

Of the nine suspects, whose ages range from 21 to 46, only one had proper immigration documents. He only arrived in the country three days before, while the others were believed to have been there just over a week.

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