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Less than a day after police
seized an arsenal of high-powered
weapons in Cunupia, another bust
in Central Trinidad has yielded
more drugs, guns and ammuni-
In police operations between 10
pm Thursday and 6 am yesterday,
15 people were arrested on out-
standing warrants while seven were
held for robberies, break-ins and
Central Division Task Force and
the Major Crime Unit, led by Snr
Supt Johnny Abraham, Sgts Mar-
cellinus Benjamin, Jitindra Toolaram
and Terril Figaro also seized a quan-
tity of marijuana, two guns and 15
rounds of ammunition.
In Arena Road, Freeport, a Taurus
.38 Special Ultra Lite revolver was
discovered at a house together with
six rounds of live ammunition.
At Cunupia, an Astra Pistol and
eight rounds of 9 mm ammunition
Five people were held for posses-
sion of the guns and ammunition.
Police say the exercises will con-
tinue into the weekend as part of
their crime reduction efforts.
Meanwhile, as Central Division
detectives continue to investigate
the cache of weapons found in a
house at Cunupia on Wednesday,
the suspect who fled the scene
remained at large up to yesterday.
However, investigators are con-
fident of catching the suspect, who
is well known to police and has sev-
eral arrest warrants in his name.
The weapons find was one of the
biggest for the year as the four high-
powered guns and over 300 rounds
of ammunition were seized: an AR
15 automatic rifle, a lightweight,
5.56 mm calibre, magazine-fed, air-
cooled rifle with a rotating-lock
bolt; an Israeli mini UZI semi-auto-
matic rifle, which is capable of firing
600 rounds a minute of 9 mm
ammunition; an MK1 machine gun
and a .357 magnum with a scope.
A team led by Snr Supt Abraham
went to Poui Drive, Homeland Gar-
dens, where as they approached,
the suspect dropped a bag and
escaped through a bushy area at the
back of the house.
Three bulletproof vests, similar
to those used by the police, were
drugs found in
Police probing the shooting of
Barataria businessman Brian
Nicholas Reyes on Thursday have
linked the incident to gang-relat-
ed activities in Malick.
Up to yesterday no one had
been held for the shooting, but
Chaguanas police, who returned
to the crime scene yesterday,
assured that a thorough investi-
gation was being done.
After he spent the night in a
serious condition at the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Com-
plex, doctors were able to stabilise
Reyes condition. Despite being
shot at 30 times, police said Reyes,
30, was only hit twice.
The shooting happened around
2.45 pm as Reyes was installing
showcases at a store he recently
rented to open a computer outlet
on the Southern Main Road,
Two gunmen in the road and
unleashed a hail of gunfire
through the front window of the
store before running off.
Neighbours contacted the police
and officers led by Snr Supt John-
ny Abraham, Supt Ford, Sgts Ben-
jamin and Toolaram responded,
along with an ambulance. They
found Reyes slumped behind a
showcase, bleeding from the
He was taken to the Chaguanas
District Health Facility where he
received emergency treatment
before being transferred to the
Mount Hope hospital.
Police searched the area for the
gunmen, who are believed to have
escaped in a getaway car parked
some distance away from the
A man who was shot and killed in Claxton Bay
during a run-in with police on Thursday has been
identified as an ex-convict.
Relatives of 29-year-old Malcolm Thomas identified
his body at the San Fernando mortuary yesterday after
learning of his death.
Thomas of Union Road, Claxton Bay died on the
operating table at the San Fernando General Hospital
after he was shot in the hip as he allegedly tried to
stab an officer. An autopsy is now set for Monday at
the Forensic Science Centre.
Reports said around 11 am Thursday, officers attached
to the Southern Division Task Force were on patrol
in St Margaret s Village when they saw Thomas walking
along the road. As the vehicle approached Thomas,
he began running in the opposition direction, causing
officers to become suspicious and give chase.
The officers reported that when they caught up
with him, he whipped out and knife and charged
towards an officer, who pulled out his service revolver
and shot the suspect. The knife was seized and a
quantity of marijuana was found his pocket.
A team of senior officers, including ASP Zamsheed
Mohammed and Insp Don Gajadhar visited the scene.
ASP Williams is investigating.
Man killed by cops identified
Police: Businessman's shooting gang related
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