Monday 9 December, 2019

22 arrested in Arima for illegal quarrying

Photo courtesy the TTPS.

Photo courtesy the TTPS.

Update November 28, 2019, 2.54 pm: 

Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat, said a recent police operation which led to 22 people being arrested for illegal quarrying is a 'significant breakthrough'.

"It is a significant breakthrough in an area where illegal quarrying is pervasive," he said to Loop News.

(Photo courtesy the TTPS)

Rambharat said a focus should be placed on other areas such as Wallerfield, Matura and Valencia, where there have been reports of illegal quarrying. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said in a statement issued Thursday that officers of the Illegal Quarrying Unit carried out surveillance for two days in Manuel Congo, Arima, during an Operation Strike Back II exercise, before swooping in to arrest the suspects.

(Photo courtesy the TTPS)

During the exercise, which was carried out between 11.00 am on Tuesday and 5.00 pm on Wednesday, officers carried out surveillance of the three illegal quarrying sites where they arrested the 22 suspects and seized six excavators from the sites. 

The exercise was coordinated by DCP (Ag.) Forde, ACP (Ag.) James and Snr. Supt. (Ag.) David and included personnel from the Commissioner of State Lands and the Office of the Director of Minerals.

Investigations are ongoing, police said.

 

Original story:

22 people were arrested and six excavators seized by police during an operation in Arima on Wednesday.

According to a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) on Thursday, officers of the Illegal Quarrying Unit moved swiftly during an Operation Strike Back II exercise conducted in the Northern Division over a two-day period, aimed at clamping down on illegal quarrying practices.

Police said during the exercise, which was carried out between 11.00 am on Tuesday and 5.00 pm on Wednesday, officers carried out surveillance of the three illegal quarrying sites at Manuel Congo, Arima, where they arrested the 22 suspects and seized six excavators from the sites. 

The exercise was coordinated by DCP (Ag.) Forde, ACP (Ag.) James and Snr. Supt. (Ag.) David and included personnel from the Commissioner of State Lands and the Office of the Director of Minerals.

Investigations are ongoing, police said.

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