The gun and silencer seized by police

A police officer and a housewife have been held after a .380 millimetre pistol with three rounds of .380 millimetre ammunition in a magazine and a black silencer were found during a search of at their home.

A police release said the search was conducted as part of Operation Strike Back 3 which paid particular attention to people known for possession of firearms and ammunition offences.

The release said officers of the Southern Division Task Force, coordinated by Senior Supt Lucia Winchester, Supt Carthy, ASP Ramdass and Insp Phillip conducted the exercise in the Arima area where the officer and the housewife, who were at home when the firearm was seized, were detained.

The offender targeted, however, was not at home at the time of the search.

The team of officers, supervised by Sergeants Joseph, Charles, and

Wilkinson and included officers of the Criminal Investigations Department Operations Team, also conducted searches at four additional residences during the exercise.