Sunday 25 October, 2020

St Lucian police intelligence led to gun trafficking bust in US

Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry

Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry

Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry has credited law enforcement officials in Saint Lucia for a recent bust of illegal firearms and ammunition in the United States.

According to reports out of the United States, 27-year-old Thomas Harris Jr of Croydon, Pennsylvania was arrested and charged with multiple firearm trafficking offenses stemming from his scheme to sell almost 40 guns and several rounds of ammunition to a buyer in Saint Lucia.

It is alleged that Harris illegally attempted to traffick the guns to Saint Lucia.

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According to Moncherry, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) began working on this case in the middle of 2019.

“Whatever work was done, we in Saint Lucia had the intel and we liaised with some international counterparts and as a result of that intel and information resulted in this latest arrest,” Commissioner Moncherry revealed to Loop News on Thursday.

The packages, which were intercepted by federal agents at the warehouse of a local shipping company in the US, contained several household items.

However, among the household items were an arsenal of firearms, consisting of seven Glock semiautomatic pistols, one Ruger semiautomatic pistol, two AK-47 pattern pistols, two AK-47 pattern rifles, two AR-15 lower receivers, two AR-15 upper receivers, 10 high capacity Glock ammunition magazines, seven additional assorted ammunition magazines, and 815 rounds of ammunition.

This latest bust, Mocherry says, is linked to a find in March of this year where Customs Officers found several handguns and at least two rifles in a barrel during a routine check.

“Remember the 11 firearms that were recovered here a few months ago, that is linked to that. Intel between the two agencies led to the confiscation and arrest in that scenario. So it all started with us… We provided all the information, we were the ones who involved them,” the Top Cop disclosed.

This he says can be hailed as a huge success to the RSLPF.

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