The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force has reported a very successful month of November in the fight against gun crime on the island.
The Criminal Investigations Department of the Gros Islet Police Station recently charged thirty-year-old Yannick Kervin Jean of Crown Lands, Bexon and twenty-five-year-old Janique Louis of Leslie Land, Castries for the offences of Possession of Firearm and Possession of Ammunition.
On Saturday, November 27, 2021, officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station CID, Special Services Unit North and the K9 Unit, executed a search warrant on the premises of Yannick Kervin Jean where they recovered a 9mm Berretta and thirteen rounds of 9mm ammunition.
On Tuesday, November 23, 2021, a joint police operation resulted in the recovery of two pistols and thirteen rounds of ammunition. Nine individuals were arrested in relation to this matter. Yoel Sargeant, Malik Anthony, Randel Evans, Dave Edgar and Marvin Joseph were charged for Possession of a Ruger P90 and seven rounds of ammunition. Nylvia Richard, Carlton Charles, Kimal Cadette and Cleofus Charles were charged for Possession of a Hogue 45 automatic pistol and six rounds of ammunition. The defendants were escorted to the Second District Court where they were all remanded in custody.
Officers attached to the Vieux Fort Police Station and Special Services Unit, at about 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2021, executed a Warrant to Search for Property upon the premises of a female resident of New Dock Road, Vieux Fort. According to the Communications desk at the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, nothing of evidentiary value was recovered inside the residence, however, a search of a nearby area resulted in the seizure of nine live rounds of .40 ammunition and one live round of 9mm ammunition. The female was arrested and has since been released without charge pending further investigations.
On Friday, November 19, 2021, twenty-nine-year-old Ceejay Joseph of Assou Canal, Gros Islet was arrested and charged following a police operation in Corinth, Gros Islet. About 10:00 p.m. Officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station encountered the young male during a mobile patrol, who was approached by them. During their interactions, officers were able to recover a 9mm Ruger pistol with nine rounds of ammunition. Joseph was subsequently charged for unlawfully being in possession of a firearm and ammunition and was granted bail in the sum of $15,000.00, along with reporting conditions and travel restrictions.
An early morning joint operation on Thursday, November 18, 2021, resulted in the execution of a Warrant to Search for Property in West Hall Group, Vieux Fort. During the search, a Stoeger STR-9C pistol, thirteen 9mm and six .40 live rounds of ammunition. Two individuals, namely, forty-two-year-old Annie Jaline Simon and twenty-one-year-old Darrian Daniel of West Hall Group, were arrested and charged for Unlawful Possession of Firearm and Ammunition. They were both granted bail in the sum of $2000.00, along with reporting conditions and travel restrictions.
During a search at Pigeon Point Beach on Thursday, November 18, 2021, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Gros Islet, recovered a concealed 303 rifle. No one has been arrested in connection with this discovery.