Arrest of fire officer on cocaine charges cause for concern

While officers have had to be keeping a close watch on certain known traffickers, they must have been shocked to discover a member of the Fire and Rescue Services using the Robert Bradshaw International Airport to illegally import a large quantity of cocaine.

Police say it was intelligence led Joint Operation, involving Customs Enforcement and the Police Drug Squad that conducted the exercise that led to the arrest of Mervin Quanito Matthew of Hibiscus Road, Greenland.

The operation was mounted on Friday 2nd January 2015.

Matthew, who was travelling from St. Martin to St. Kitts on LIAT’s morning flight, was formally arrested and charged for the offences of possession of cocaine, possession with intent to supply, and importation of cocaine.

The Customs and Excise Enforcement Department charged Matthew for the offences of possession of a quantity of goods to wit: cocaine, signing a declaration untrue, and making a statement to customs officers that is untrue.

The operation appeared to have had the involvement of security and border officials from both St. Maarten and St. Kitts and Nevis. Commissioner CG Walwyn thanked all those who were instrumental in making the joint operation a success, and said he looks forward to a continued partnership with other law enforcement bodies, local, regional and international, to ensure that the Federation remains safe for residents and visitors alike. 

In other police news they have reported that the SSU and other members of the Royals St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force were out conducting Vehicle Check Points (VCP) around the island and encountered during the process, Melville Rawlins and Laviston Pemberton of The Alley, Sandy Point.

Laviston-and-BijonOfficers at the time were carrying out a search for firearms, drugs and other paraphernalia.

Police say both men were formally arrested and charged for the offences of possession of cannabis, possession of firearm and possession of ammunition.

The incident occurred on Thursday 1st January 2015.  Also arrested was Bijon Fenton of Hermitage Village, Cayon.

Fenton was formally arrested and charged on the offence of possession of firearm and possession of ammunition which were committed.


 

 

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