The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) says Operation Overload continued overnight across all ten policing Divisions, and officers successfully arrested 19 suspects and seized four firearms and quantities of ammunition and marijuana.
In a media release, the TTPS said in the North Central Division (NCD), Task Force officers arrested three men and seized one firearm around 3:20 pm yesterday (January 24, 2023).
"The hunt is underway for three other male suspects," the TTPS release stated.
Meanwhile, in the Arima district, officers of the Northern Division (ND) Task Force, Area North, Arima Special Investigations Team and the ND Gang Unit, arrested two men for possession of one pistol, an air rifle and 32 rounds of ammunition and pellets.
The TTPS added that officers of the Maloney Criminal Investigations Department (CID) held two suspects, ages 25 and 29 years, between 4 pm and 7 pm yesterday, for possession of 1.5 kilogrammes of marijuana in the carpark of a shopping mall.
Marijuana seized in the TTPS' Operation Overload on Tuesday 24 January 2023. [Image courtesy TTPS]
In the Cumuto district, officers of the Cumuto Police Station, Northern Division Task Force and Canine Branch, conducted an intelligence-led exercise between 6 pm and 9 pm yesterday, during which they arrested two suspects, ages 52 and 48, for various offences and seized a quantity of marijuana.
According to the police, in the NCD, officers conducted an early morning exercise between 1 am and 4 am today (January 25, 2023), with the assistance of officers of the Tunapuna CID, the St. Joseph CID, Arouca CID, the Canine Branch, NCDTF- East and West and the NC Gang Unit.
It said during the exercise, a quantity of items which were reported stolen were recovered, and a 38-year-old Sangre Grande man was arrested in connection with a report of larceny in the Tunapuna district.
In the Eastern Division, officers of the Valencia CID and Special Investigations Unit conducted an exercise around 1:45 am today, during which they proceeded to a house at Bertram Trace, where they found one PX4 Beretta firearm loaded with a magazine containing 16 rounds of ammunition.
A 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, who were in the house at the time of the search, were arrested in connection with the find.
One of the firearms and ammunition seized in the TTPS' Operation Overload on Wednesday 25 January 2023. [Image courtesy TTPS]
Eastern Division officers also arrested five other suspects and seized quantities of ammunition and marijuana during several sustained anti-crime exercises between 11 pm on Tuesday and 2 am today.
Meanwhile, in the North-Eastern Division, Task Force officers, along with officers of the Gang and Intelligence Unit and Canine Branch, conducted an exercise in the Morvant district between 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm, yesterday, during which 15 rounds of 5.56 ammunition and approximately 1.4 kilogrammes of marijuana were found at various abandoned sites and seized.
Also in NED, officers of the NED Coastal Patrol Unit, Maracas Bay police and Blanchisseuse Police Station conducted an exercise between 4 pm and 6 pm yesterday, during which they arrested one man for possession of one Glock 17 extended magazine and another man in connection with several reports of House Breaking.
Investigations are ongoing into all the above matters.