Nine high powered guns are among 12 illegals firearms seized by the police within the last 24 hours.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) says the nine AR15 rifles along with a large quantity of ammunition were found and seized by officers of the POS Division during an anticrime exercise in the Belmont district last night.
The TTPS said while conducting several road checks last night, the team of officers went to the St Francois Valley Road Plannings area, where they conducted several searches and had cause to stop and search a Nissan Almera, where they discovered a quantity of ammunition and two speaker boxes.
It said upon examining the powered speaker boxes, officers discovered eight AR15 rifles unassembled along with 12 magazines hidden inside, during a subsequent search of a Nissan B15, another AR15 rifle was found.
Nine people are now in police custody.
And in Sangre Grande last night one man was arrested and a pistol and magazine seized by officers of the Eastern Division Special Operations Unit, during an anti-crime exercise.
During the exercise, officers executed a search warrant for firearms and ammunition at the North-Eastern Settlement home of a 42- year-old man. The search resulted in one Beretta pistol and a magazine being discovered in the house.
Meanwhile, one firearm and a quantity of ammunition were found by officers of the San Juan Police Station.
Reports indicated that on September 19 during a mobile patrol, along 1st Street San Juan at around 11.30 am, officers of the San Juan Police Station were stopped by a woman who said that her life was threatened.
The officers, then accompanied the woman to the home of the suspect, however, the suspect was not at home.
The victim pointed to a stove in the kitchen where she believed the gun to be hidden. The officers made checks and found a pistol with seven rounds of ammunition.
The suspect was later arrested.
And in Tobago, a revolver was discovered by officers of the Scarborough Criminal Investigations Department, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Signal Hill district last night.
Officers were on mobile patrol along Signal Hill Main Road when they proceeded to an empty lot of land just off the roadway.
A search of the area was conducted, which resulted in officers finding a multi-colored bag containing one Taurus revolver.
Investigations are ongoing into all the finds.