Nine AR-15 rifles along with a large quantity of ammunition were found by officers of the POS Division during an anticrime exercise in the Belmont district last night.

While conducting road checks, the team of officers went to the St Francois Valley Road Plannings area, where they conducted several searches.

The officers searched a Nissan Almera, where they discovered a quantity of ammunition and two speaker boxes.

Upon examining the powered speaker boxes, officers discovered eight AR15 rifles unassembled along with 12 magazines hidden inside.

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During a search of a Nissan B15, another AR15 rifle was found.

Nine people are now in police custody assisting police with their ongoing investigations into these finds.

The intelligence-led operation was spearheaded by ACP Williams and Snr. Supt. Moore, Supt Ablack, Supt Rampath, ASP Cumberbatch and supervised by Insp. McGuirk, Insp Walker, Sgt. Alexander and Sgt. Parris, including officers of the Besson Street Operation Unit, Port of Spain Division Task Force, Belmont Operations Unit and the City Police.


PASTOR Glen Awong yesterday lashed out at Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, saying he was not an evil pastor and Griffith should apologise.  The founder of the Transformed Life Ministry and Rehabilitation Centre is also accusing the police of using excessive force when Griffith and officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) raided the centre on Wednesday and “rescued” 69 drug addicted and mentally ill patients.

The confinement of mentally challenged persons to “cages” has been happening in this country for decades and it must stop. This is according to mental health and disability activist Nicole Cowie, who was committed to St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital 18 years ago.

“All these enslavement, human trafficking and abuse rumours are complete false allegations. The clients were like family to us.” These were the words of Latoya Toppin, who has been a chef at Transformed Life Ministry (TLM) and Rehabilitation Centre, Arouca, for the past six years, and volunteer prior to that for over 15 years.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said yesterday State-owned Caribbean Airlines is in the black “for the first time”. Speaking at the “Spotlight on Budget 2020” forum at the Radisson Hotel, Port of Spain, the Prime Minister said from losing over US$600 million in the last eight years, the airline turned a profit of US$4 million in 2018.

Founder of the Transformed Life Ministry Rehabilitation Centre Pastor Glen Awong is now call…