TTPS: 16 held in Operation Strike Back exercises
Police continue to make inroads through Operation Strikeback after holding 16 people - one as young as 17 years old - for various offences.
In a statement issued Thursday, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said that the exercise resulted in 16 people being held for firearm, narcotics and robbery offences.
The exercises, which took place in the Northern Division, were spearheaded by ACPs McDonald Jacob and Jayson Forde, and included officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force and Port of Spain Division.
During the exercise on January 23, 2019, extensive searches and investigative work was carried out in the Arima, Morvant and Tunapuna districts.
The 16 persons arrested, who are between the ages 17 – 40 years, were specifically arrested for possession of a firearm and ammunition, home invasions, robberies, possession of narcotics and housebreaking offences.
Meanwhile, two firearms and 131 rounds of ammunition were seized while 1000 fully grown marijuana plants and 1500 seedlings were destroyed during Wednesday's operation.
All suspects were conveyed to varying police stations, pending further enquiries and charges.