Police destroy marijuana plants, seedlings worth $3 million

Police have destroyed marijuana trees and seedlings valued at $3 million.

According to a statement from the Police Service, officers of the South Western Division carried out several operations between 6am and 10am on Monday with the assistance of personnel of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.

The exercises were conducted in the Cap de Ville, Penal, Point Fortin and Oropouche districts.

During the anti-crime exercises a pistol, a magazine, 4 rounds 9mm ammunition and 32 grammes marijuana were found and seized.

Police seize seven shotguns, ammunition in St Mary's raid

Police have seized seven shotguns and several rounds of ammunition in a raid carried out in St Mary's Village.

Police say the guns were recovered during an exercise carried out between 9 am and 2pm on Monday.

According to  a police statement, Cpl Ramsingh along with a party of officers attached to the Southern Division Task Force acted upon information received and proceeded to a forested area in the vicinity of Saunders Trace, St. Mary’s Village, Moruga where they conducted a search.

Missing 14-year-old girl found

Missing 14-year-old teenager, Celina Ramkissoon has been found.

A statement by the Police Service says the teenager, who was reported missing by her mother on July 8th, was located in the Cunupia with the involvement of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit.

She was returned to her mother around 8pm last night.

The police statement says the Child Protection Unit is continuing investigations.

Police seek suspected rapist

Police are searching for a man they believe may have committed acts of rape and sexual assault.

The TTPS names the suspect as 37-year-old Jerron Francis, whose last known address is Bagatelle Extension, Sunshine Avenue, San Juan.

They are asking that anyone with information on his whereabouts, to call 555 or 800-TIPS and provide police with the information.

Murder suspect killed in police shootout

Police have shot and killed a man in Valencia after a shootout.

It is being reported that a team from the northeastern division task force was making inquiries related to a suspect, identified as Jason Khan.

Police say they were fired upon and returned fire.

Officer Darren Francis was wounded in the exchange, but the suspect managed to escape.

However, he was accosted a short distance away at a house where he was shot and killed.

Officer Francis was rushed to the hospital where he is warded.

Police in shootout with car thieves

Police believe they have made a dent into a robbery and car stealing ring based in the Tunapuna area.

This follows a shootout last night at the corner of Balthazar and Fairley Streets, which resulted in the capture of a suspect described as the youngest member of the gang.

Four suspects were involved in the shootout with police and while three escaped, a 17-year-old suspect was held suffering from gunshot wounds.

He was rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where he remains warded under police guard.

Police say gun seizures increasing

Police say the number of guns taken off the street so far this year, represent a 25 percent increase over the corresponding period last year.

This is according to a statement by Senior Superintendent, Radcliff Boxill, in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department and Criminal Records Office of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

"To date for 2016, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has removed off the nation’s streets 361 firearms, which represent a 25% increase in gun seizures for the comparative period, which stood at 289.