More than 140 arrests in Trinidad's gang crackdown

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 8:43 PM
More than 140 arrests in Trinidad's gang crackdown

Police in Trinidad say more than 140 people have been arrested on the Caribbean island during a crackdown on gangs amid a state of emergency declared by the national government.

The figures on arrests by joint police and military patrols were disclosed Wednesday by Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs.

President George Maxwell Richards issued the state of emergency decree Sunday following a spike in violent crime that saw 11 murders in 48 hours. Dusk to dawn curfews have been imposed.

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan is urging gang members to turn in their weapons and inform on gang leaders.