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Seven arrested as cops seize guns, weapons
Northern Division police have seized five illegal guns and a large quantity of lethal weapons, including several samurai swords, during several anti-crime exercises in the division on Saturday. In one raid around 4 pm, officers led by Senior Supt David Abraham executed a search warrant at the home of a well known gang member at Freddie Kissoon Avenue, La Horquetta, Arima, and seized two guns and arrested three people, among them two teenagers.
Police said while searching the house they found a Rohm .22 revolver with 18 rounds of ammunition and a Walther .380 pistol with seven rounds. The officers also seized a camouflage jacket, several Japanese Katana swords and two swords concealed in the handles of walking canes. Several pieces of equipment used to scan electronic cards, which police believe were being used by the homeowner to perform a credit card scam, were also found in the house.
The homeowner, 27, and the teenagers, ages 17 and 19, who were at home during the raid, were arrested by police. Almost an hour later, another group of officers on patrol in Phase Four, La Horquetta, stopped and searched two 17-year-olds who were walking along the road. A 12-gauge shotgun was found in a backpack one of them was carrying.
Shortly after, another group of Northern Division police were on patrol on the Eastern Main Road in Bon Air, Arouca, when they stopped and searched a man who was waiting on transport. The officers found a loaded .45 pistol with ten rounds of ammunition on the man. In the last exercise, St Joseph CID officers, led by Sgts Vetus Hernandez and Rene Katwaroo, were on patrol on Linda Drive, Maracas/St Joseph, when they noticed a man getting out of his car with a bulge in his waist.
The officers searched the man, 35, and found a Glock 9 mm pistol with 15 rounds of ammunition. While searching the man’s car trunk the officers found a small bag with a further 11 rounds of ammunition. All seven arrested suspects are expected to appear in court today. Superintendent Hosein, Insp Simon, Sgts Waldropt and Pitt, PCs Balgobin and Forde were involved in the exercises.