A rifle was on Wednesday evening discovered during an operation by members of the City Constabulary under the Stabroek Market canopy.The rifle was reportedly seen in the possession of a man who dropped the weapon and made good his escape after Police ranks swooped down on him.Assistant Superintendent of the City Constabulary, Gordon Langevine, when contacted, explained that based on intelligence, City Police searched a bag that was in the possession of the man. During the search, the disassembled firearm was discovered, but there was no ammunition.The weapon was handed over to the Guyana Police Force. Ballistic tests are expected to be conducted on the weapon to determine if it was used in any criminal activities.Chief Constable Andrew Foo related that in the past, the area where the weapon was found was known to be flooded with criminal elements who either robbed citizens or were involved in narco trafficking.As such, the Constabulary had recommended that vendors plying their trade in that particular area be removed permanently.This, however, can only be done once areas are identified for their relocation. Presently, City Hall is in receipt of a number of plans to accommodate the vendors at Bourda. On this note, Town Clerk Royston King is expected to meet with the vendors as early as today.