Two Venezuelans in court for firearm, ammo possession
Two Venezuelan nationals were expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Wednesday charged with firearm and ammunition possession.
The two men, both said to be aged 20, were arrested on Monday morning in Maraval with a total of 102 rounds of 9mm ammunition and a Glock-17 pistol.
They were taken to the Four Roads Police Station where they were questioned in relation to other reports of shooting incidents in the area, and on the illegal importation of firearms into this country.
They were then charged by PC Taylor of the Western Division.
The two men were arrested in an exercise which was supervised by Snr Sup Sankar, Cpl Richards, and PC Marcial.
These officers have been conducting routine exercises in the Maraval and Diego Martin districts following an upsurge in violent crimes in May. Similar exercises have led to the arrests of 13 persons about two weeks ago in Maraval when officers found and seized, two assault rifles, one high-powered shotgun, three hand pistols, one pistol adapter, eight magazines, 1000 rounds of assorted ammunition and one hand grenade.
All 13 persons have since been charged and brought before the courts, and their matters are pending.
Thus far, the exercises and various policing initiatives have proved to be a success, with reports of serious crimes dropping by about 70 percent.
However, despite this success, the public is being called on to continue their partnership with the police service, as this was the only way to effectively reduce crime in the district.
More on this as it becomes available.
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