The T&T Police Service says it has intensified efforts to seize illegal firearms and drugs, and recover stolen items.
In a coordinated operation Strike Back exercise in all policing divisions, 31 suspects were arrested after raids were conducted at several drug blocks in the Western, Port-of-Spain, Northern, North Eastern, North Central and Central Divisions.
In the Central Division, 23 people were detained for various offences.
Following several reports of robberies, seven suspects were arrested—four of whom were in connection with larceny, while two men were held for wounding with intent, and another for shooting with intent.
Warrants were also executed at various locations throughout the Western Division including Mahogany Crescent, Diego Martin, where police arrested one man and seized a Glock pistol and 10 rounds of ammunition.
Two other firearms were also seized including a Glock 42 fitted with a magazine with one round of .380 calibre ammunition which was found at an unoccupied house on Rodney Street, Point Cumana, Carenage.
A Smith & Wesson .38 revolver with eight rounds of .38 special ammunition and 469.7 grammes of marijuana were seized at a house at Blue Basin, Diego Martin.
Utilising the Canine Unit during a search of a house at Dillon Street, Diego Martin, officers seized two kilogrammes of compressed marijuana.
In the Area East of the North Central Division, two suspects were detained as police conducted house searches.
A 23-year-old man was detained for obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duties, while a 51-year-old man was arrested on four affiliation warrants.
Four other people were also arrested during an exercise conducted in Arouca.
Police seized one Bersa Thunder 40 calibre pistol with a magazine affixed, containing eight rounds of ammunition after searching a bushy area 50 feet off the roadway at Spring Valley, Mt D’or Road, Champs Fleur.
A woman of Pasea Street, Tunapuna, was also detained and a cellphone recovered following enquiries into a report of robbery with aggravation which occurred on January 21 in Tunapuna.
Meanwhile, officers of the North Central Division recovered a silver hatchback Nissan Tiida at Upper Mendez Drive, Champ Fleurs—that was reported stolen from Water Wheel Road, Diego Martin.
The exercises were headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations Joanne Archie. It was supervised by ACPs Beverly Rodriguez, Daniel Moore and Ramnarine Samaroo.
They were coordinated by Senior Supts Kelvern Thompson, Neil Brandon John, Ramphal, Christopher Pamponette and Curt Simon.
The operations were supported by officers of the Guard and Emergency Branch (GEB) and Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).