Seven men seen on social media with guns arrested during operation

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Seven men seen on social media with guns arrested during operation

National Security Minister, Fitzgerald Hinds has revealed that seven men, who were said to be connected to gang-related activities, were arrested yesterday morning.

The suspects were also among a group of men seen on social media sites like YouTube showing off or brandishing firearms and admitting to their roles in criminal gangs.

Hinds made the revelation on TV6 News in response to questions raised by criminologist Dr Randy Seepersad earlier yesterday on the TV station’s Morning Edition programme. Seepersad asked what the Police Service was doing regarding the persons depicted in several videos that have been posted in recent months by foreign nationals, in which alleged gang members have been interviewed and ­admitted to crimes as well as holding firearms.

Hinds said the State and the Police Service had taken note of the recordings and the persons in them, and had connected several of those people to illegal activities.

He noted the seven men who had been detained yesterday morning in connection with gang-related activities. “So the authorities are taking action,” Hinds said.

Seven men were arrested by officers of the North Central Division, under the supervision of Senior Superintendent Richard Smith, in an operation that ran from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. yesterday. The officers searched several communities, including Arouca, Tunapuna and St Joseph. In total, seven arrest warrants were executed.

The exercise led to the arrests of a 24-year-old man from Enterprise, Chaguanas; a 22-year-old man from Tunapuna; a 25-year-old man from Curepe; and a 24-year-old man from Five Rivers, Arouca, for enquiries by police in relation to shootings.

A 22-year-old man from Five Rivers, Arouca; a 24-year-old man from Tunapuna; and a 20-year-old man, also from Tunapuna, were also arrested for police enquiries into robbery-related incidents.

The operation was conducted by officers of the North Central Division Gang and Intelligence Unit, with assistance from the North Central Division Task Force—Areas East and West, St Joseph CID, Tunapuna CID, North Central Division Crime Scene, Major Crimes Unit, Arouca CID, the Guard and Emergency Branch and the National Operations Task Force.