Schoolboy, 17, held with gun

By Alexander Bruzual

A 17-year-old pupil is currently in police custody after he was held in a vehicle yesterday afternoon with a 40-calibre pistol tucked in his waist. According to police reports, around 1 p.m., a party of officers from the Northern Division Task Force, led by Sgt Ishmael Pitt with assistance from PC Elliot and PC Khan, among others, intercepted a white Nissan AD Wagon vehicle which was proceeding west along Churchill-Roosevelt Highway.
The vehicle, police said, came to a stop in the vicinity of Trincity Mall and the two occupants of the car, the driver and his passenger, were searched.
Tucked in the waist of the passenger was a Czech Republic model 40 calibre pistol, with 15 rounds of ammunition and a fully-loaded magazine.
No other illegal items were found on the driver nor in the vehicle.
The teenager, police said, also had a bag full of schoolbooks on his person and informed the officers that he was a Form Five pupil at Malick Secondary School.
When the officers enquired where the teenager was going with the weapon, he informed them that he was “heading home” to Barataria after liming in the East.
The driver told police that he only knew the teenager casually and was acting as a private hire (PH) taxi to drop him home.
The teenager and driver were detained and taken to Arouca Police Station where they were both questioned further.
The driver, police said, was subsequently released, however, the teenager is expected to be placed on identification parades today before being formally charged.
The firearm and ammunition are expected to be sent to the Forensic Science Centre in St James to undergo ballistics testing.
This is the 99th illegal firearm seized from the streets of the Northern Division for the year to date.
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