BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - POLICE have confirmed that a resident of Upper Monkey Hill, St. Peter’s was found in possession of an unlicenced firearm with a number of matching rounds of ammunition.
In a media statement, they indicated that Sylvester Harris was charged with Possession of Firearm and Possession of Ammunition and was subsequently remanded to His Majesty’s Prison.
Police disclosed that on Monday (Mar. 20), officers from the Anti-Narcotics Unit had stopped and searched motorcar bearing registration number PB 1719 at Greenlands, which was being driven by Harris, and found one 9mm Glock 19 Semi-Automatic Pistol and fourteen matching rounds of ammunition.
Harris and the firearm and ammunition were taken into custody., were found and taken into custody.
Even as police continue to remove illegally obtained firearms from the streets of St. Kitts and Nevis, the source of the weapons has not been unearthed just yet, and how they were able to enter the Federation undetected.
That comes against the backdrop of Regional Leaders continuing to sound the alarm over the number of firearms in the region,, which have been responsible for a number of crimes including homicides.
Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Bahamas Prime Minister Phillip Davis has been championing the region’s efforts to get US officials to understand the implications of their laws that give American citizens the right to bear arms, which are having adverse effects on some territories in the Caribbean.
A number of firearms bought in the United States were found to be involved in the commission of crimes, more specifically homicides.
St. Kitts-Nevis and the Bahamas are two examples of the firearms been linked to the United States.
Meanwhile, often times law enforcement officials have been silent on whether the seized firearms were involved in the commission of crimes, especially homicides.