A FORMER Canadian police officer who was out on bail for gun possession following his arrest in 2011 is expected to appear before an Arima magistrate on Monday, charged with the possession of six hand guns and 187 rounds of ammunition.
Police said the 66-year-old suspect is a certified firearms expert who served as a firearms training instructor in the Niagara Regional Police Service, Ontario, Canada between 1996 and 2000.
He is also a dual citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and Canada.
The middle-aged man also served in the British Navy.
Police said around 8 a.m. on Wednesday, a team of officers from the Northern Division Task Force, La Horquetta CID and police K9 Unit raided a house at Balata Avenue, Santa Rosa Heights, Arima and executed a search warrant for arms and ammunition.
The main suspect was not at home at the time but on Thursday, around 12.30 p.m., he was arrested at Piarco International Airport about an hour before he was supposed to board a flight bound for Ontario, Canada.
His 43-year-old common-law wife and her daughter, 16, who were at the Balata Avenue house, were also detained.
Police said when they went to the house the guns were found in one of the bedrooms and the washroom.
Among the cache were two Glock 26 semi-automatic pistols, a KG .25 pistol, a .32 calibre pistol, plus two model handguns.
Also found in the house were 187 rounds of .32, .25, .22 and .38 ammunition.
Along with the guns were a bullet-proof vest, six gun holsters and four badges that appeared to belong to a foreign-based private security firm.
Two tablet PCs along with four laptops were also seized from the house.
The three people were all detained at La Horquetta Police Station up to last night where they were being questioned.
In June 2011, the man was arrested at his Santa Rosa Heights home for possession of a gun and more than 3,000 rounds of assorted ammunition.
He appeared before an Arima magistrate and was initially denied bail. During his court appearances afterwards he was then granted bail.
Wednesday’s raid was coordinated by ACP Glenda Smith and Supt David Abraham.
Spearheading the exercise was Supt Nazrool Hosein and included Insp Mario Robain, Cpl Soogram and PCs Edwards, Mario and Williams.