The new gun culture has become part of the social landscape with criminals of all types engaging in activities that have often led to the death or serious injury of the nation’s youth. The challenge to law enforcement has been significant. Those involved are from different social backgrounds, age and gender. No longer can one point to a specific group to blame; it is becoming so widespread that women and children are now involved.
The latest arrests made by police in St. Kitts include one female and a juvenile.
Authorities here said that they have recently arrested Nakita Richards, Eric Thompson, Kenville Finch, Delroy Williams and Jermaine Henry. The five, all reside at Ponds Pasture in Basseterre and were formally arrested and charged for the offences of possession of firearm and possession of ammunition.
The incident was committed on 12th January, 2014.
In a separate incident, police also revealed that they have taken a juvenile into custody and arrested and charged him for the offence of possession of firearm and possession of ammunition, which were committed on 15th January, 2014.
It was also earlier this month on 6th January when police, in a sting operation conducted by their Drug Squad and Customs security, made a number of arrests after discovering three guns and 13 rounds of ammunition in a barrel containing soap powder.
The culprits had included the illegal weapons amongst various food items that made up the contents of the barrel.
Such measures are only helping to make it more difficult for the security forces but Police Commissioner CG Walwyn says he remains committed to the task of finding those responsible and to remove such dangerous weapons from the communities throughout St. Kitts and Nevis.