The items seized during the Operation Strike Back exercise in Sangre Chiquito, on Sunday August 8th. (Image courtesy TTPS)

Police officers recovered and seized some 400 pounds of marijuana worth over $18 million at a house in Sangre Chiquito on Sunday night, during an Operation Strike Back exercise.

Police said a search warrant for firearms was executed at the home of a woman at Caigual Road in Sangre Chiquito.

On arrival at the location, officers saw a male person unknown to them sitting on a back step. However, when he saw the officers, he allegedly ran away and escaped into a forested area.

A search of the premises was conducted, and officers found, in a room inside the house, 181.79 kilogrammes (400lbs) of marijuana with a street value of $18,157,185.20.

Crime scene personnel PC Persad and PC Alexander processed the scene and took photographs. The marijuana was confiscated and taken to the Sangre Grande Police Station.  Further enquiries are being conducted by PC Mohammed.

The anti-crime exercise took place between 1 pm and 5 pm, on Sunday August 8th.

It was coordinated by Snr Supt Chandool and Supt Khan and supervised by Ag Sgt Khan and Ag Cpl Osouna, and included officers of the Eastern Division Task Force, Charge Room and Canine Unit.