Trinidad and Tobago: Police seize AR-15 rifle, one shotgun and 7 guns, arrest seven

In one incident, an anti-crime exercise was conducted between 12 noon and 2:30 pm on Saturday in the Morvant district, where after receiving salient information, officers conducted surveillance of an unoccupied structure at Chaconia Drive, Coconut Drive, Morvant. 

Trinidad and Tobago: Police seize AR-15 Rifle, one Shotgun and 7 Guns, arrest seven
Trinidad and Tobago: Police seize AR-15 Rifle, one Shotgun and 7 Guns, arrest seven

Trinidad and Tobago: An AR-15 rifle, a shotgun and seven firearms were seized by the police official of Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, May 1, 2022. The firearms were possed by seven men, who are now in police custody. 

Acting Commissioner of Police Mc Donald Jacob issued a statement on the seizures of the firearms and stated while some may say these gun seizures have become routine, the officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service will continue to collect intelligence, work with members of the public and do all within the law to seize and remove illegal weapons from our communities. 

He went on to state that the ease at which people choose to pick up guns to settle disputes is unacceptable, therefore, stifling the access to firearms will continue to be a tool in the TTPS’s arsenal to make our communities safe. The Acting Commissioner stated, “as long as criminals use guns, we will use our resources to hunt for these guns and the criminals”.

In one incident, an anti-crime exercise was conducted between 12 noon and 2:30 pm on Saturday in the Morvant district, where after receiving salient information, officers conducted surveillance of an unoccupied structure at Chaconia Drive, Coconut Drive, Morvant. 

Police then searched the building, where they seized one AR-15 rifle fitted with one magazine containing 30 rounds of 5.56 ammunition and one magazine containing six rounds of .380 ammunition. Two men were arrested in connection with the seizure.

A shotgun was also seized in Morvant during an anti-crime exercise conducted between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm on Sunday. Officers received information and then proceeded to Clearance Circular, Mon Repos Road, Morvant. A search was conducted in an open bushy area where one black garbage bag was seen partially buried in the dirt. 

Further checks made by the officers revealed that the bag contained one silver and black 12-gauge shotgun wrapped in camouflage clothing. The items were seized and conveyed to the Morvant Police Station. PC Ferguson is continuing enquiries.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) acted on information as they proceeded to a car park on Charlotte Street, Port of Spain, where a comprehensive search was conducted. During the search one black, silver and brown wooden handle firearm and a quantity of ammunition were found in a black plastic bag, hidden under a wooden structure in the car park. PC Lewis is continuing enquiries.

Also, on Friday, officers of the Barrackpore Police Station went to Kansammy Trace, Barrackpore where they observed two men standing in front of a parlour. One man was holding a white plastic bag. The officers approached him, identified themselves and told him of their observation. 

The officers then searched the bag and found one black Smith and Wesson .40 millimetre M and P pistol, fitted with a magazine and 14 Rounds of .40 millimetre ammunition. The officers also found 660 grams of marijuana packaged in several clear packets. The items were seized, and both men were arrested. PC Ramnanan is continuing enquiries.

A 15-year-old boy is also in police custody after he was stopped and searched by officers of the Southern Operation Team, while on patrol along Circle Drive, Embacadere, San Fernando, around 2:00 pm on Monday. Upon searching the teen, the officers found and seized one Brownin .380 pistol with one magazine and two rounds of .380 millimetre ammunition.

Also, on Monday, while on enquiries along with Jacob Coat Northeastern Settlement, Sangre Grande Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers obtained information and then proceeded to an area along that said road. The officers carried out a search to the rear of a garbage bin and found one black plastic bag, which contained one silver and black nine-millimetre firearm fitted with a magazine ad three rounds of ammunition. The items were seized, and PC Singh is continuing enquiries.