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The man whom police claim
was the leader of one of the gangs
in Enterprise was detained on
Saturday but was released the day
after without charge.
The suspect was picked up on
Saturday by police officers. He was
among several men who had pic-
tures of themselves holding what
appeared to be firearms circulating
around social media for the past
However, police said the suspect
was not in possession of any guns
and was not engaged in any illegal
activities when he was arrested.
In total, Central police arrested
more than ten people, including
known gang members wanted in
connection with the recent vio-
lence in central Trinidad over the
weekend. Two more people were
In the last few weeks, central
Trinidad has been in the limelight
with residents claiming their com-
munity is under siege.
Videos were posted over the
Internet of men claiming that 15
people were shot in the community
and even fingering a police officer
as being behind the mayhem.
This has brought the Police
Complaints Authority to issue an
invitation to one of the men in the
videos to come forward with infor-
On Saturday, more than eight
men, believed to be gang members,
were held by the Central Tactical
Unit and Chaguanas Task Force.
Police said the exercise started
at 4 am on Saturday morning and
finished at 2 pm yesterday evening.
Two men were held for posses-
sion of firearms and ammunition,
one for possession of ammunition,
one man was held for ten out-
standing warrants and four for
shooting offences and another for
wounding with intent. One pistol
Three out of the ten people
arrested will appear before a Tuna-
puna Magistrate Court today,
One of them, investigators said,
was a relative of Selwyn "Robocop"
Alexis. That suspect, police said,
was charged with ten firearm-
related offences. These offences
include possession of firearms and
The other seven were detained
for suspicion of gang-related activ-
ities. They were interviewed by
the police and released.
Police said they went to Walter
Trace, Bhagaloo Trace, Crown
Trace and Chris Trace in Enterprise
during their raids.
The exercise was led by Snr Supt
Johnny Abraham and co-ordinated
by Insp Terrence Williams and act-
ing sergeant Jitendra Tooleram.
Police said the suspects were
being processed up to late yester-
Acting CoP on tip-off in Enterprise raid:
Plugging police leaks
not the main issue
Acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams says reports of
leaks from within the T&T Police
Service (TTPS) to criminals in
Enterprise, Chaguanas, are irrel-
evant in light of the criminals use
of walkie talkies.
In a telephone interview yester-
day, Williams said the main focus
of the TTPS was to bring peace and
comfort to residents by locating
arms and ammunition and arresting
Enterprise, a community located
in Chaguanas East has recently
received national attention after it
was reported that young men had
been brazenly brandishing weapons,
shooting and threatening com-
According to Williams, the com-
munity was not previously seen as
a high priority area for the TTPS,
having recorded a relatively low
crime rate---two murders in June
and similar statistics throughout
He said while the police had inter-
nal mechanisms to deal with the
issue of leaked information, the
leaks were not the main issue when
it came to the Central communi-
ty.The Police Complaints Authority
(PCA) announced last week that it
was initiating an investigation into
the reported leaks.
Williams said: "The PCA can
investigate this if they want. The
PCA is an independent body and
has every right to do that but that
is not a priority matter with us in
relation to Enterprise.
"We are right now trying to ensure
that we get the guns out of the area
and that we can continuously work
with law-abiding citizens.
"It is not about turning a blind
eye. We are putting the priority on
the 100 hard-working police officers
to ensure peace and tranquility. We
cannot focus on the one crooked
"For me it is about restoring peace
Police officers told the T&T
Guardian that an exercise to root
out and arrest the criminals over
two weekends ago was compro-
mised when criminals were tipped
off.Officers were only able to seize
two home-made shotguns, two
rounds of ammunition and a small
quantity of cocaine in addition to
"In Enterprise the criminals have
a network, where they use small
walkie talkies and police cannot
enter the area without the message
being spread via these devices.
"These people with walkie talkies
alert the other criminals and they
are positioned at key locations,"
This was why a police presence
had been set up in the community
indefinitely, Williams said.
On Saturday, Williams and other
members of the National Security
Council, led by Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, toured
Enterprise as a new police and army
operation was launched to regain
control from criminals.
"It won t be a matter of them
warning the criminals that police
are entering the community because
the police will already be there,
along with army support," Williams
He said the main issue being
focused on by the TTPS was the
criminal network being managed in
He said it was difficult for police
to deal with the people warning the
criminals as there was no legislation
to allow police to seize the walkie
talkies which are a short-range
In wake of Enterprise violence...
Police officers carry out a routine stop-and-search along Dass Trace, Enterprise, Chaguanas, yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams during a tour of
Enterprise, Chaguanas on Saturday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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