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Cops seize gun, ganja

By Alexander Bruzual

 One high-powered firearm and more than $600,000 in marijuana were seized during exercises between Sunday night and Monday morning by Western Division police and Coast Guard.

In the Western Division, a police exercise was conducted between 4 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday.

The exercise was conducted under the supervision of Senior Supt Ishmael David with assistance from ASP Patterson, Insp Dan, Sgt Perry, Cpl Campbell and PC John, among others.

 It took place in key areas in the division, including Cocorite, Carenage and Bagatelle. 

During the exercise, the officers, acting on information received, made their way to an abandoned home in Cocorite, where the lawmen discovered a Taurus pistol with six rounds of ammunition.

 A black bullet-proof vest was also seized. 

All the items were said to have been hidden away in a bag. 

No one was arrested as no one was in the vicinity of the find.

A few hours before, around 6:44 p.m. on Sunday, officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, on routine patrol, intercepted a pirogue north of the Second Boca. 

A search was conducted and the officers found two crocus bags of marijuana on board.

As a result, the vessel and its two occupants were brought to Staubles Bay and a more detailed search was conducted.

Five brown cylindrical bales were found, each containing a compressed plant-like substance in two brown crocus bags, weighing a total of 51.32 kg, with an estimated street value of $615,840.

The illegal packages and men were handed over to the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau, as well as Customs officers, for further processing.

Investigations are continuing.


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