Twenty-two persons were arrested and six excavators seized by officers of the Illegal Quarrying Unit, during an Operation Strike Back II exercise conducted in the Northern Division over a two day period, aimed at clamping down on illegal quarrying practices.
According to a press release issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), the exercise was conducted between 11:00am on Tuesday 26th November and 5:00pm on Wednesday 27th November 2019. The exercise included personnel from the Commissioner of State Lands and the Office of the Director of Minerals, and was led by DCP (Ag.) Forde, ACP (Ag.) James and Snr. Supt. (Ag.) David.
During the exercise, officers conducted surveillance of three illegal quarrying sites at Manuel Congo, Arima, where they arrested 22 suspects and seized six excavators from the sites.
Investigations are ongoing.