Though it was alarming to most residents on Thursday afternoon, (14th July, 2011), very few were shocked or surprised when the news broke that police had been called to the Deep Water Port, to investigate claims that a cache of guns had been discovered in the cargo shed #1 of the Port Authority.
A release issued late Thursday by the Customs Department stated “While conducting a routine patrol of the Transit Shed 1 on Thursday July 14, Customs Officers came across an unmarked package hidden in a remote area of the said warehouse.”
“Upon opening this package the officers found a number of sealed packets which were found to contain 1 Calibre .380 pistol, 2 lower receivers, 3 upper receivers, 4 magazine clips with 38 rounds of ammunition,” said the release.
The Customs Department indicated that “A closer examination of the rounds revealed that 30 of them are hollow point. Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force were called in to inventory the find and assist in further investigations.”
With 20 homicides already for 2011, this new find of weapons, has already led to speculations surrounding the circumstances of the imported items, with residents wondering how much connection is there, to the recent killings that have been witnessed on the island.
As the police and customs carried out their investigations on Thursday, the authorities immediately closed the facility to the public.