Saturday, February 24, 2018

Man held as cops find guns, ammo in Santa Cruz

Three more guns, ammunition, cocaine and marijuana have been seized by the police.

The illegal items were  seized in  another exercise conducted yesterday by officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force (NEDTF).

For the week so far, NEDTF officers have seized a total of ten firearms and arrested several people in connection with the discoveries.

During yesterday’s exercise, the officers seized a pump-action shotgun, a Remington machine gun, a Mac 10 sub-machine gun, 600 grammes marijuana, 395 grammes of cocaine, 18 rounds of 12 gauge cartridges, 16 rounds of .38 ammunition, eight rounds nine millimetre ammunition and an ammunition magazine.

The exercise took place at a house along Lower Santa Cruz after officers received information that the owner of the house had illegal items in his possession.

Officers said they executed a warrant at the house around 1 p.m. and following a search they came upon the items. 

A 33-year-old man who was in the house at the time was taken into custody. He remained in custody at the Morvant Police Station last night and is expected to appear before a Port of Spain magistrate sometime next week on a number of charges.

Head of the NEDTF, Snr Supt Christopher Lewis, yesterday commended the officers for the work they had been carrying out through the Division.

He also asked members of the public to continue furnishing the officers with information that lead to the seizure of illegal items and in turn a reduction in criminality.

Insp Roger Alexander, who headed yesterday’s exercise, said the type of crimes committed in the various communities would depend on the co-operation the officers received from those in the community.

“We are asking that members of the community to not wait until a situation gets out-of-control before contacting the police. If you, the members of the public, co-operate with us we can get rid of crime in your community,” said Alexander.

Also included in the exercise were Cpl Sunil Bharath and PCs Stephen Johnson, Clint Dass, Andell Celestine, Alaan Ball and Ricardo Mohammed.