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Trinidad: 8 suspected gang members arrested in raid on mosque, masks seized

By Trinidad Guardian

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Police have seized several masks in a raid on a mosque in Cocorite.

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — A 16-year-old boy and sev­en oth­ers, who were ar­rest­ed dur­ing a po­lice raid at a mosque in Co­corite are ex­pect­ed to be placed on sev­er­al iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pa­rades.

Po­lice sources said ac­cord­ing to in­tel­li­gence re­ceived the eight are sus­pect­ed to be in­volved in gang-re­lat­ed ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing shoot­ings and mur­ders.

Po­lice al­so said they are be­lieved to be mem­bers of a gang that op­er­ate out of the Wa­ter­hole and Pow­der Mag­a­zine Phase 1 ar­eas.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, at about 8 pm on Tues­day, a team of po­lice of­fi­cers from the West­ern Di­vi­sion Task Force and St James CID act­ed on in­tel­li­gence and went to a mosque where they con­duct­ed a search.

The of­fi­cers found al­leged­ly hid­den in the ceil­ing of the mosque, sev­er­al masks & ski masks that the of­fi­cers sus­pect were used dur­ing dif­fer­ent shoot­ing in­ci­dents in the said area over the past two weeks.

The ex­er­cise was co­or­di­nat­ed by Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Thomp­son and In­spec­tor Vin­cent and in­clud­ed Act­ing Sgt. Samuel, P.C’s Mur­ray, Gilkes, Mc Clean, Gen­ty, Bart, Roberts, Joseph, and sev­er­al oth­er of­fi­cers.

On Tues­day, po­lice of­fi­cers of the West­ern Di­vi­sion called on mem­bers of the pub­lic to help them in iden­ti­fy­ing the peo­ple be­hind Mon­day night’s rapid gun­fire in the Co­corite area.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, dur­ing the hours of 9 pm on Mon­day, res­i­dents at Wa­ter­hole made sev­er­al calls to E999 re­port­ing un­known gun­men in the area shoot­ing at their homes and cars.

No one was in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice said res­i­dents are very fear­ful, some of which have vowed to move out.

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One comment

  1. Too many guns in the Country
    Can Government find ways of incentives to offer criminals to turn in their guns?
    Also....they have to in that these criminals are used to robbing and stealing to make a living...Banditry.
    These criminals also have to live and eat and have families like everyone else, therefore they need to be shown and encouraged to adopt a new way to make a living .

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