Police officers recovered nine firearms, arrested 25 people and issued over 50 fixed penalty notices over the Carnival weekend.
A release from the T&T Police Service said, “As revellers enjoyed Carnival Monday, officers conducted various exercises across the nation to ensure their continued safety. This resulted in the seizure of four guns, 25 arrests, and over 50 fixed penalty notices being issued. These additional gun finds bring the total seized to nine since Friday.”
Giving details, it said during an anti-crime exercise in Carenage on Monday, members of the Western Division Task Force were alerted by a passing motorist that occupants of a vehicle had thrown an object out of the vehicle’s window. Officers later found a P80 nine-millimetre firearm, loaded with a magazine containing 15 rounds of ammunition.
On Monday, South Western Division officers responded to information of the arrival of a vessel near Erin Beach. There, they saw a man walking along the beach with a backpack. On seeing the officers, the man dropped the backpack, ran off and escaped. The officers found a revolver with three rounds of .38 spl ammunition in the backpack.
Officers assigned to the Couva Criminal Investigations Department also recovered a Ruger P95DC fitted with a magazine containing 10 rounds of 9MM.
And finally, North Eastern Division officers found a Glock 22 pistol with a loaded magazine and three rounds of 40-calibre ammunition in Santa Cruz.
The 25 people were arrested for various offences, including possession of an offensive weapon, driving under the influence and disorderly behaviour.