Heavily armed police swooped down on the town of Soufriere in the wee hours of Thursday morning, going from house to house, arresting several individuals, eyewitnesses say.
According to one estimate, some 70 officers must have been involved in the exercise, the main part of which seemed to target Baron’s Drive.
One Soufriere resident recalled seeing at least two Coaster buses and five other police vehicles in the town.
The officers started their operation about 4.00 am, the resident told St Lucia Times.
The resident said the police appeared to be executing search warrants.
Soufriere residents believe Thursday morning’s police operation was linked to a recent incident at Baron’s Drive in which people pelted police with bottles and other missiles.
The missile throwers damaged a police vehicle.
However, no police officer sustained injury.
But in the aftermath of the incident, police arrested and charged several individuals.
The officers made the arrests hours after Police Commissioner, Milton Desir issued an ultimatum to the lawbreakers to surrender.
Desir had also warned those involved not to let the police come for them.
Headline photo caption: Officer takes part in police operation (File image)