Several police exercises conducted across the country saw the seizure of several firearms and ammunition. including a gun at a school, and an AK-47 machine gun.
Police said at around 7 a.m. a 45-year employee of the school was on duty at the Princes Town East Secondary School when he found the firearm.
He made a report to Princes Town Police Station and officers responded and seized the firearm. School is in recess and will reopen September 2.
In Mayaro police seized a homemade shotgun and a quantity of marijuana during an exercise in the district.
Police said they between 3 p.m. on Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday eight men were arrested for the possession of the firearm and several rounds of 12 guage cartridges. Five men were also arrested for possession of marijuana and four others on outstanding warrants.
And in Arima, officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, and Northern Division Task Force Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit discovered an AK-47 rifle, a magazine, and a black bullet proof vest with the markings "U.S. Armour".
The exercise was carried out between 3 p.m. and 5.30 p.m and the items were found in a grassy area near a river at Mendez Trace, Samaroo Village.
In Chaguanas, sniffer dogs working together with police officers saw the seizure of a quantity of marijuana.
Police said that between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday officers carried out an exercise in Freeport under the supervision of Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham, and including Inspector Terrence Williams, and Sargeant Jitendra and members of the Major Crimes Unit and Task Force and officers from the Cainine Branch under Senior Superintendent Helene Cox-Modest.
Police set up several road-blocks and searched several houses during the exercise.
In Freeport, a couple was arrested for possession of a quantity of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, and another man was arrested for possession of a revolver and six rounds of ammunition.
Other persons were also arrested for various other criminal offences.