Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Morning police exercise nets rifles, ganja


Contraband: Two high-powered assault rifles, a 9mm handgun, ammunition and drugs which were seized during a joint police-army anti-crime operation in Laventille yesterday. —Photo: MICHEAL BRUCE

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AN anti-crime exercise conducted in the Laventille area yesterday morning resulted in the recovery of two high-powered rifles and a pistol, together with a quantity of ammunition and drugs.

Additionally, a number of people were arrested in connection with various offences during the exercise, which was coordinated by acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams.

On Monday evening, the executive of the Police Service held a meeting which resulted in the exercise being conducted, as the service continues its battle against the recent spike in gang warfare in the area, police said.

The exercise, which took place between 4 a.m. and midday, included about 100 members of the Regiment and 200 police officers, led by Snr Supts Wayne Boyd and Carton Alleyne, Supts Kenny McIntyre, Crooks and Robain, along with Insp Sahadeo Singh.

Officers said during the exercise, they found the weapons, together with 87 rounds of assorted ammunition, five kilogrammes of marijuana, one army camouflage kit, complete with helmet, and 100 grammes of cocaine.

A total of 56 people were also arrested for offences including robbery, firearm-related offences and drugs, and also on outstanding warrants.

Also taking part in the exercise were officers from the Inter Agency Task Force, Guard and Emergency Branch, Court and Process Branch, Canine Unit, Organised Crime Narcotics and Firearms Bureau, Criminal Investigations Department and the Air Support Unit.