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Six men were arrested and two firearms and a quantity of ammunition found, during anti-crime exercises conducted in the North-Eastern and Western Divisions.

The exercises were spearheaded by Snr Supt Maharaj, Supt Ramjohn and ASP Pariman, supervised by Sgt Mitchell and included members of the North-Eastern Division Gang Intelligence Unit, the Santa Cruz Criminal Investigations Department the Santa Cruz Police Station, the NorthEastern Division Task Force (NEDTF) and North-Eastern Division Coastal Patrol Unit.

During an exercise, conducted between 10 am and 5 pm on Thursday, officers searched a bushy area along Blackford Street, Santa Cruz, and found an AR-15 rifle, loaded with two magazines containing 60 rounds of 5.56 ammunition and one blue ski mask.

Four suspects, ages 24, 28, 35 and 40, were held on connection with shooting enquiries.

Investigations are ongoing.

Meanwhile, an intelligence-led operation was conducted in the Carenage Police District by members of the North Division’s Special Intelligence Unit, the Inter-Agency Task Force Strike Team, the Guard and Emergency Branch, the North Division Gang Unit, the Canine 2 Unit, the Costal and Riverine Unit, the Special Operations Response Team and the North Central Task Force-West.

The exercise, conducted around 11 pm on Thursday, was coordinated by Snr Supt Ramphall, ASP Coggins and Insp. Highly and supervised by Sgt Avis and Cpl Dardaine.

During the exercise, officers went to the Western Main Road home of a suspect and found him with a pistol in his possession. He was arrested.

At the same location, a Venezuelan national was interviewed and found to be living in the country illegally for the past two years. Both men were taken to the Tunapuna Police Station pending further enquires