Four Held by SORT for Gang-Related Activities

Four  persons  were  arrested  on  suspicion  of  being  involved  in  gang related activities this morning, by  officers  of  the  Special  Operations Response Team (SORT).

According to official police reports, at about 5:30am, SORT officers, with help from the Canine Branch, were conducting an anti-crime exercise conducted in the D’Abadie  district. They were executing several  search  warrants  were executed at different homes for illegal firearms and ammunition.

Over $1.4 million in marijuana found and seized

Police officers from the South Western Division Task Force have seized $1.4 million worth of marijuana.

According to official police reports, the marijuana was found and seized from an abandoned pickup in the Point Fortin area.

On Monday 2nd December 2019, PC Loubon, PC Durity, PC Bowen and PC  Periera  all  of  the  South  Western  Division  Task  Force,  reportedly were  on  a roadblock  duty  along  Southern  Central  Road,  Point  Fortin,  when  they received  information  of  a  white  Hyundai  H-100,  one-tonne  pickup transporting illegal narcotics.

Officers responding to a fight chase after suspect, find loaded gun in car

Officers who responded to a fight along Independence Square South in Port of Spain on Monday morning ended up recovering a loaded gun in a vehicle after a brief chase.

According to a police report, at about 7 am, a team of officers from the Emergency Response Patrol—including Cpl Moore, WPC Orr, PCs Murray, Pierre and Bramble—were on mobile patrol when they received information from a passerby, who claimed there was a fight on Independence Square South.

Police were told that the suspect was the driver of a red Elantra.

Siparia Woman Appears in Court for Fraud and Money Laundering

A Siparia woman has appeared before a Siparia Magistrate,  charged with  the  fraudulent  use  of  an  ABM  card  and for money  laundering, which occurred between the period January 14th and June 3rd 2019.

According to an official police statement, 28-year-old Rhonda  Jasmine  Mitchell, a  customer  service representative,  of  Darsant  Trace,  Siparia,  was  charged  with  24 counts  of  fraudulent  use  of  an  ABM  card  in  sums  totalling TT$77,359.

She also was charged with  seven  counts  of  money  laundering  totalling TT$23,800.

One Arrested, Firearms & Ammo Seized in Besson Street Exercises

A  20-year-old  suspect  remains  in  police  custody following several  anti-crime  exercises  conducted  in  the  Besson  Street  policing district yesterday, during which two  firearms, along  with  over  50  rounds  of  ammunition,  were  seized.

Firearm and Ammo Haul in St James

An anti-crime exercise  in  the  St  James district last evening resulted in the seizure of two illegal  firearms and 579  rounds of assorted ammunition.

The exercise was conducted by members of the Western Division Task Force.

According to official police reports,  officers  executed  a  search warrant  at  the  unoccupied  home  of  a  deceased, suspected  gang leader, at David Street, Bourne’s Road, St James.

At the premises, police found and seized:

London Bridge sealed off amid reports of gunfire

London Bridge has been cordoned off by police, with a BBC journalist reporting hearing gunfire.

BBC reporter John McManus said he saw a group of men involved in a fight on the bridge.

Police then arrived and shots were fired, he said.

The Met Police confirmed that it was dealing with an incident at London Bridge and advised people near the scene to follow directions from officers on the ground.

McManus told the BBC News channel: "Just a few minutes ago I was walking across London Bridge on the south bank to the north bank of the bridge.

TTUTA President: Do everything to keep schools safe

Executives from the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) are meeting today with teachers from the South East Port Of Spain Secondary School, who were traumatised by yesterday’s close call during a gang shoot-out.

TTPS urges state witnesses to stay in Witness Protection

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is urging citizens who have been placed in witness protection, to stay there while they need that special cover.

The appeal comes in the wake of the murder of 44-year-old Raffick Hosein, of Fitts Road, Biche.

He was gunned down at his Biche home at about 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon.

He was a state witness in a double murder case and had been receiving death threats.

Police say he seldom left his home.

Gunmen cause havoc at SEPOS School

Gunmen climbed onto rooftops of the Plannings at Upper and Lower Nelson Street and were firing off "warning/message" gunshots at each other on Wednesday morning, when five stray bullets ended up penetrating a classroom at the South East Port of Spain Secondary School.

One of the bullets ricocheted and grazed a female teacher on the hand, while another bullet went just over the head of a pupil while he was sitting his end of term examination. The bullet missed his head by mere centimetres.