Police locked down the infamous Copacabana hotel in Port-of-Spain overnight Thursday and arrested 35 Dominican Republic and Venezuelan women and 16 male patrons.
The raid on the Dundonald Street establishment was conducted by officers of the Port of Spain Division from 11 pm Thursday into 3 am Friday.
Opposition activist, Devant Maharaj says police raided his home and served him a warrant to obtain his mobile phone on Tuesday, as part of ongoing investigations into the bomb threat at several schools last week.
In a statement Wednesday, the Opposition activist says three police officers assigned to the Arima police station visited his home for the operation.
He says he did not understand the reason for the warrant since he was interviewed by officers on Saturday, regarding his social media posts that publicised a photo of the email of the bomb threat.
The home of another prominent south businessman is currently being searched by police in an extensive operation that began just after 6 am.
Three homes have so far been searched, but police have not released details about the motive for this exercise.
Police sources tell Guardian Media this is an intelligence-driven exercise linked to a narcotics investigation.
CNC3 has been reliably informed that officers are currently at a home on Sea View Avenue, Gulf View, La Romain where another search is being conducted.
This is a developing story.
Officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Special Investigations Team raided a Fairways, Maraval home early this morning and re-arrested a well-known businessman who had been held in connection to a huge cache of firearms and drugs in Central Trinidad in November last year but was later released.
Sources told Guardian Media that officers executed a search warrant and entered the 38-year-old man's Sandy Way, Fairways home close to 5.30 am.
A police jacket, bulletproof vest and three guns were among several illegal items seized by Southern Division police over the past few days.
A three-year-old boy and his seven-year-old cousin were also left in the care of their landlord in Princes Town on Thursday evening, after their parents were caught in possession of narcotics and guns.
During the operations coordinated by Snr Supt Mohammed, ASP Ramdeen and Insp Gajadhar, Princes Town CID officers executed a search warrant at an apartment in Lothian Gardens shortly after 5 pm.
A joint police/army anti-crime operation was carried out in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday 9th January, 2019, which resulted in the arrest of four persons wanted in connection with recent shootings and woundings and on outstanding warrants, police said in a statement.
The exercise, under ACP (Ag.) Radcliffe Boxill, was executed in the Besson Street Police District and targeted the Laventille area, including Boxhill Trace and Wharton Street.
During the exercise officers also carried out general searches for arms and ammunition and other illegal items.
Police have discovered drugs and ammunition during a raid at a sub-office of the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) on Rapsey Street, St Clair.
Three men have been held and police have seized a Tiida motor vehicle that was on the compound.
Police raided the compound before 8 this morning using sniffer dogs to aid in their search.
Several workers were forced to remain outside as the gates were shut when the searches began.
The Water and Sewerage Authority issued the following statement on the matter: