Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Police recover guns, ammunition and bulletproof vest

Saint Lucia Police continues to record successes in ridding the nation’s street of illegal firearms and ammunition.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force confirmed Friday that three male individuals have been arrested and are expected to be formally charged after a number of illegal guns and ammunition were recovered following two police operations.

On Friday, February 21, 2020, a joint operation involving the Drug Unit, the Crime Management Unit, including the Special Services Unit (SSU) in Castries was conducted in the Bel Air area.

“According to RSLPF’s Communications Officer, Corporal Ann Joseph, “Two residences were searched which resulted in the recovery of three firearms; a .40 Taurus pistol with six rounds of ammunition, a second Taurus pistol and a .32 revolver with five rounds of ammunition and one bulletproof vest was also recovered from one of these houses.”

Two males are currently in police custody in relation to the Bel Air operation.

A similar operation was conducted in the Degazon area which was facilitated by officers of the Gros Islet Police Station and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of that same jurisdiction.

“A thirty year old Guyanese national was arrested for being in possession of a revolver with five rounds of ammunition,” Joseph said.

None of the individuals have been charged as yet, but according to Joseph, they will be formally charged soon.

This latest success by law enforcement officials comes days after A 39-year-old Bois D’Orange man has been denied bail after he was arrested and charged for illegal firearm possession and ammunition following a joint police operation executed at the Bois D’Orange residence of Cuthbert Timaitre on February 15, where law enforcement officials found 239 rounds of ammunition of various caliber, two stun grenades, and a submachine gun.

Timaitre was taken into custody and charged for possession of a firearm without a valid license, possession of ammunition without a valid license and two counts of possession of prohibited weapons.

He was denied bail by a magistrate and remains on remand at the Bordelais Correctional  Facility till his next court appearance.

According to a senior police officer, this is part of continued efforts by the RSLPF in ridding the streets of illegal firearms and to continue to maintain law and order.


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