The crack down on illegal firearms continued over the weekend as several police operations were carried out in the multiple policing divisions. 

These operations resulted in several arrests and the seizure of firearms and a quantity of ammunition, according to a release from the Police Service.

Southern Division

The Police Service says at around 7:45 pm on Sunday, officers in the Southern Division obtained information which led them to intercept a vehicle in the vicinity of the St. Joseph Village traffic lights, along the San Fernando by-pass, during an exercise being conducted in the area. 

This resulted in the recapture of a prisoner from Siparia, who had escaped from the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.  He was later conveyed to the St. Joseph Police Station.

In addition, three men currently are in police custody in connection with enquiries into homicides.

South-Western Division

The TTPS release notes that during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Fyzabad district in the South-Western Division, on Sunday, a search warrant was executed at a house located on Dubarry Street.

A 55-year-old man from Penal was arrested for trafficking in marijuana, disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest. 

In addition, a 29-year-old man from Erin was arrested on enquiries into kidnapping.

Three other men were arrested for possession of a Glock pistol loaded with an extended magazine, possession of ammunition (29 rounds of nine-millimetre ammunition) and possession of camouflage.

Western Division

One man was arrested, and a pistol and quantity of ammunition seized during an anti-crime exercise conducted in Western Division on Saturday night.

Officers of the Western Division Task Force were on mobile patrol along Alfred Richards Street, St. James, when they had cause to stop and search a man.  This led to the seizure of one Glock pistol loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition. The 40-year-old suspect, who is from the area, was arrested in connection with the find.

Eastern Division

The Police Service reports that two persons were arrested on Sunday in the Eastern Division, after officers seized a homemade shotgun with one 12-gauge cartridge.