One individual in police custody
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – ONE man is in police custody after members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force had discovered and seized an illegal firearm with a quantity of matching ammunition during a stop and search operation on Monday evening (Oct. 2).
According to a police statement, the soldiers were engaged in a Citizen Safety Patrol conducting random stop and search of vehicles in the South East Peninsula.
During the search of one vehicle, the soldiers had discovered a Mag Tecgh 22 Air Rifle with a large amount of pellets, which they handed over to the police along with the driver of the vehicle.
This discovery has taken to 40 the number of illegal firearms removed from the Streets of St. Kitts and Nevis for this year.
The statement said that the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force continues its appeal to residents and citizens to come forward and share any information they might have with regards to crime and criminal activity.
It also stated that they could share the information by calling any police station, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 or by using the SKN Crime Reporter App on a Smartphone.
Meanwhile, it was revealed at the Prime Minister’s monthly press conference on Tuesday (Oct. 3) that ballistics tests have been done and continue to be done on illegal firearms discovered for this year and beyond.
According to the Assistant Commissioner of Police with Responsibility for Crime, Andre Mitchell, “We have been testing all firearms recovered to see if they are linked to other scenes. What I can say to you is that some of these firearms have been linked to homicides, where persons have been arrested.”
He also disclosed that 12 other arrests were made with respect to non-fatal shooting incidents.