Not only are gangs operating in the country, but they continue to expand in the scope of their operations, weaponry and number of recruits, creating a clear and present danger to society; and an on-going challenge to law enforcement.
Since assuming office, the current Commissioner has made known his intention to not only rid the country of gangs but to also remove the growing illegal arsenal from the streets and out of the hands of criminals.
This is why the latest seizure of arms and ammunition is so significant for the police and other security forces, who in a joint exercise, managed to seize a number of weapons, including assault rifles.
The joint operation which was carried out last Saturday, @6th October, 2013), yielded the discovery of three (3) fire arms, one (1) BSA Red Dot Scope, one (1) three in one oil, and one hundred and three (103) rounds of ammunition; the fire arms are one (1) CZ-52 Pistol, one (1) M16 Assault rifle, and one (1) DPMS Assault rifle.
Police said the Red Dot Scope is used to enhance vision in dark areas and is used with rifles and assault rifles, and also hand guns once they are designed to fit scopes. The CZ-52 Pistol has a maximum effective range of 50 – 70 metres, whereas the rifles have a maximum effective range of 460 metres.
The exercise was jointly carried out by the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force and Her Majesty’s Customs And Excise Department Enforcement Division.
Four (4) persons are being held accountable. This operation was intelligence and surveillance driven, also, with the assistance of Crime Stoppers which led to the execution of search warrants on the premises of the arrested persons.
Those arrested and charged are Richie Henry, Nichole Henry, Delvin Benjamin and Shantel Charles, all of Molyneaux Village. Charges for possession of ganga have also been made against them.
Commissioner, Dr. CG Walwyn has thanked the persons who were instrumental in the investigation, which lead to the removal of these fire arms from the streets of the Federation.
Walwyn is reported to have said that he is very concerned with the discovery, and takes the opportunity to inform the general public that these persons are not to be taken lightly, and encourages all to be vigilant and report criminal matters to the police.
The top cop is convinced that it is only through the vigilance of law abiding persons that the country can be a safer place for all.