Close to 150 police and soldiers yesterday locked down several areas at Trou Macaque, Laventille to search for illegal arms and ammunition in the aftermath of the murders of schoolboy Joshua Andrews, 14, and 33-year-old PH taxi driver Devon Fernandez.
At about 4 am yesterday, the team led by ACP Radcliff Boxhill and Acting Snr Supt Ajith Persad cordoned off the community and searched several houses for illegal arms and ammunition. Twelve people were detained for firearm offences as well as outstanding warrants. Officers also visited Andrews’ relatives to offer their condolences.
Residents of Trou Macaque welcomed the team and pleaded with the officers to find the heavily-armed gang members who continue to instil fear among law-abiding citizens in the community.
A young mother asked for round-the-clock patrols especially between 2pm to 4pm when school children are on their way home.
Yesterday, the murder toll stood at 23 compared with nine for the same period last year.
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon said every effort will be made to flush out criminal elements, not only in Laventille, but throughout the country.
He said the murder toll of 494 last year was very disheartening and, although the killings continue, no stone will be left unturned to preserve the lives of citizens.
A man in his 20’s, detained hours after the double murder, is expected to be interviewed today by Homicide officers.