Eight members of the Rasta City gang were detained on Thursday as Western Division police continued their “push-back” operations in the Cocorite and Carenage communities.

On Thursday night, officers of the Western Division Task Force, led by Sgt Arneaud and Cpl Hunte, received information which led them to Main Street, off Western Main Road, Cocorite. While there, they observed a “known offender” at a home along the road.

The man was stopped and searched, and he allegedly had a .40mm calibre pistol loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition.

WPC Riley arrested the ­suspect.

At the home were eight men who police claimed were known to have affiliations with the ­Rasta City gang. The eight were between the ages of 21 and 50.

They were detained on other enquiries.

The exercise was spearheaded by Snr Supt Pragg, with assistance from Supt Ramjohn, and included Cpl Khan, PC Clement, WPC Riley Benjamin, PC Dennis, PC Peters, PC Charles, PC Frith, PC Christopher, PC Taylor and WPC Fredericks,