Saturday, December 16, 2017

7 guns seized, son of TV personality held

SEVEN firearms were recovered in the North Eastern Division yesterday within the space of four hours.

The 19-year-old son of a television personality was also arrested after he was found to be in possession of a shotgun and eight 12-gauge cartridges and a ski mask.

The first discovery was made around noon at a bar along Second Street, Barataria. Officers said they received information of a man brandishing a firearm in the vicinity of the bar. He was found inside the bar with a revolver in his possession. Up to yesterday evening, he was being held at Morvant Police Station.

Around 3 p.m., North Eastern Division Task Force (NEDTF) officers carried out an exercise at Sapodilla Trace, Red Hill, Morvant, where they seized four more firearms, including a Maverick shotgun. Also found during the exercise was a quantity of ammunition and five kilogrammes of marijuana. 

The police spotted a man standing along the roadway with the shotgun in his hands. The officers said they called out to the man, after which he quickly dropped the firearm and ran through some nearby bushes and escaped.

Upon searching the area, the officers came upon a pigtail bucket hidden within a steel tank. The bucket contained the four other firearms—a .22 pistol, a .380 pistol, a revolver and a Baretta pistol, together with 23 rounds of assorted ammunition and a camoflauge jacket.

And around 4 p.m., officers on traffic duty along Fourth Street, Barataria, arrested the son of the television presenter. Officers said they attempted to have the man bring his vehicle to a stop after he breached a no entry sign, but he instead sped off.

 A chase ensued and the man abandoned the vehicle along Second Street and attempted to escape on foot, but two officers gave chase and arrested him a short distance away. They found the shotgun and ammo in a bag in the trunk of the vehicle.