Over 80 persons were arrested for various offences and a quantity of firearms seized in several police operations across all policing divisions, between Friday 28th and Monday 31st January 2022.

The Police Service reports that 30 persons were arrested for committing serious crimes, 38 were arrested for committing minor offences, and 12 were detained on outstanding warrants.

Official police reports state that Malcolm Grandison, 25, of George Street, Glamorgan, Tobago, was charged on Saturday 29th January 2022, relative to the circumstances surrounding the death of Rawle Joseph, whose body was found on Thursday 6th January 2022, in the Tobago Division.  Grandison is expected to appear before a Scarborough Magistrate, today.

One man was arrested, after police conducted investigations into the death of a 10-year-old boy in Arima, while a 40-year-old woman is currently in police custody relative to the circumstances surrounding the death of a man which occurred on 31st March 2021, in the Santa Cruz Police district.

Thirteen persons were arrested in the Central Division for various offences during the weekend police operations.  One person was arrested for possession of a firearm; two were held for robbery; and two other suspects were detained for robbery with violence. In addition, four other persons were arrested for being in possession of illegal drugs.

Weapons and drugs seizures

In the Eastern Division, police seized one homemade 12-gauge shotgun and arrested one person. One black and silver .38 revolver was seized in the Port-of–Spain Division and one person was arrested for being in possession of one Beretta pistol in the North-Eastern Division. Several hunting camps were checked which resulted in two home-made butts and one hand rest for a shotgun being found at Rio Claro Trace.

On Saturday, 69 rounds of assorted ammunition were found across the North-Eastern, Eastern, Port of Spain and Northern Divisions.

Two persons were arrested in connection with the finds and investigations are ongoing into these matters.

Also during the weekend operations, police officers seized approximately one kilogramme of marijuana in the Eastern and Western Divisions and two persons arrested. A quantity of cocaine also was seized in the Central Division resulting in two persons being held.

Police also recovered three vehicles which were reported stolen over the weekend.

A Nissan Tiida vehicle that was reported stolen from Bushe Street, Curepe, on Sunday, was recovered on Pashly Street, Laventille. Meanwhile, police acted on information from the Command Centre and proceeded to Pioneer Drive, Sea Lots, where two vehicles which were reported stolen were recovered.

Investigations are ongoing into these incidents.