The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) continued its crackdown on illegal weapons with one arrest and weapons seizures following anti-crime exercises in the Northern and Western Policing Divisions, on Monday 17 August 2020.

In the first instance, one man was arrested for possession of a firearm and ammunition during an anti-crime exercise yesterday, by officers of the Tunapuna and St Joseph Criminal Investigation Departments and the Northern Division Task Force Central.

According to official police reports, officers on exercise responded to a report of a man armed with a firearm at Achong Trace in Tunapuna. When the officers arrived at the location, they saw a man known to them as “Josh”.

Police say when “Josh” saw the officers, he reportedly ran along the roadway. The officers gave chase and the suspect was detained along Marcano Trace.

A search of his person led to the recovery of a black M&P.40 pistol fitted with a magazine and seven rounds of .40 ammunition, which he had hidden in his waist,

He was arrested and taken to the Tunapuna Police Station.

Meanwhile, Western Division police officers on exercise yesterday found and seized one firearm and ammunition, hidden near the Basketball Court at Fort George.

A release from the TTPS states that officers obtained information about the find and proceeded to the location.

Once there, they conducted a search of a bushy area, and found one P80 pistol fitted with a magazine and three rounds of ammunition in a white plastic bag.

No arrests were made in connection with the find.

Investigations are ongoing in both cases.