Several people who were arrested over the Easter holidays for gun and drug offences had to pay hefty fines or serve alternative jail terms by magistrate Brambhannan Dubay presiding in the Sangre Grande First Magistrate Court.
The men appeared before Magistrate Dubay via video conferencing and were given fines ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 or alternative jail terms from four months to four years with hard labour.
Most of those charged were repeat offenders.
Kevon Roberts of North Eastern Settlement, Sangre Grande charged with possession of firearm and ammunition was jailed for four years.
Abraham Bhajnath also of North Eastern Settlement, Sangre Grande charged with possession of a firearm was fined $6,000 or an alternative of two years hard labour.
Renaldo Lange charged with trafficking marijuana was fined $15,000 or 18 months hard labour.
Nixon Mazie charged with trafficking in marijuana was fined $10,000 or 18 months hard labour.
Danile Castillo charged with possession of marijuana had to pay a fine of $8,000 or serve eight months hard labour.
Osama Samuel charged with possession of marijuana was fined $5,000 or an alternative of 12 months of hard labour.
Kevon Roshal charged with possession of marijuana was fined $4,000 or six months hard labour.
Raymond Madoo, charged with possession of marijuana was fined $3,000 or six months in prison.
Kaleem Matthews charged with marijuana possession was fined $3,000 or six months hard labour.
Cajeran Thomas, charged with possession of marijuana was fined $2,000 or four months hard labour.
The exercises that led to the men’s arrests were supervised by Senior Supt Aguilal led and by ASPs Dave Revanales, Gabriel, Joseph, included Sgts Harper, Keith Castro Leon, Greaux, Katwaroo, Gadar, Racha, officers of Sangre Grande CID, Special Operations Unit, Task Force, K9 Unit, Traffic, Community and Court and Process.
The exercise was co-ordinated by Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.