Almost 100 people arrested in anti-crime exercises
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith is warning that “police will parang every house.”
This, after almost 100 people were arrested during an anti-crime exercise which was carried out in the Central Division over the weekend.
The exercise began at 11pm on Saturday and ended at 4am on Sunday.
According to a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), the operation was spearheaded by ASP. Smith, Insp. Gookool and included officers of the Criminal Investigation Department Taskforce, Crime Scene Investigations Unit, Special Operations, and the Canine Unit.
Thirty-five non-nationals were arrested at the Rich Gold Hotel and five grams of marijuana was discovered and seized and two persons were arrested on outstanding warrants.
Police subsequently proceeded to a bar in the Central Division where one person was arrested for the possession of a weapon and one for obscene language.
A quantity of ecstasy pills was recovered and a quantity of nine knives were recovered in total.
Several bars in the Point Fortin and Penal districts were also targeted.
During the exercise five undocumented Venezuelan nationals were detained in Point Fortin, three females and two males.
In Penal, forty-five Venezuelan nationals were detained, twenty-eight females ages ranging from 21 years to 38 years and seventeen males ages 18 years to 52 years.
Fifteen are undocumented.
The Immigration Division is at this time processing all detained immigrants.
Seven locals were arrested, three for keeping a common gaming house for the purpose of gambling, one for possession of marijuana and three for robberies in the Point Fortin district.