Monday 14 October, 2019

T&T's 'most wanted', two alleged gang leaders held

Police said one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most wanted men has been arrested by officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and is now in custody.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said in a statement released Sunday that the La Horquetta man is wanted in connection with a number of shootings and shooting related offences.

The suspect was arrested during Operation Strike Back exercises conducted in Northern Division on February 16, 2019, by officers of the Northern Division Task Force, Area East, Arima Police Station, Arima Criminal Investigations Department and Northern Division Gang Unit.

Following intense surveillance, officers conducted the exercise, which was coordinated by ACP McDonald Jacob.

During the operations, the 30-year-old suspect of Amaralis Drive was arrested for possession of a Glock 17 pistol, a magazine containing eight rounds of 9mm ammunition, an extended magazine and a side of socks containing 32 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

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In addition, two reputed gang leaders from the Port of Spain district, have been charged for various offences and remain in police custody.

The development comes after a suspected gang leader was released by police after being detained for questioning under the Anti-Gang Act. The suspect was released as no charged had been filed after three days. 

The TTPS also noted that over the past five days, there were no homicides, shootings or wounding attributed to gang-related activity, while in the five days prior to the raising of the police alert state to ‘Red’, there were 22 such incidents.

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Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has commended all officers of the Northern and Port of Spain Divisions for their dedication and hard work which made these arrests possible.

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