Police Seize Illegal Firearm In Vieux Fort In Gang Confrontation Probe

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On Sunday, June 26, 2022, officers attached to the Special Services Unit and Police Marine Unit, conducted a joint operation, after receiving information of a possible confrontation involving rivaling gangs in the south of the island.

Vessels were pursued and subsequently searched from the Soufriere Bay into the Vieux Fort Fishing Complex.

Several individuals who had made it to shore were searched by the members of the Special Services Unit, and one Glock 40 pistol, modified with an adapter, making the weapon capable of discharging multiple rounds, from a single squeeze of the trigger, and a
magazine containing twenty-one (21) rounds of ammunition were recovered.

One male, Waqkim Roland of Bruceville was arrested for the unlawful Possession of Firearm and Ammunition and was subsequently charged for Possession of Prohibited Weapon, Possession of Firearm without License and Possession of Ammunition without License.

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He is currently remanded in custody at the Bordelais Correctional Facility. He will reappear before the Second District Court on August 17, 2022 for case management.

This latest success further demonstrates that no expense will be spared as we seek to restore public security.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force remains committed to realizing a reduction in curbing the incidents of crime in the south of the island and achieving crime reduction islandwide.

Persons with information regarding the commission of crimes or the preparation to
commit crimes are asked to contact the nearest police station.

Source: Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. Headline photo: Stock image of armed officer taking part in a police operation.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. To all the people who are wondering where the guns are coming from here are a few theories and speculations. Saint Lucia is a trafficking hub, sitting in the middle of the Caribbean between three islands, two of which contain wealth and development which pales in comparison to our own. Police and customs corruption probably pays a big role in crime because everybody has a price. If you’re keen eyed enough one might not even seem too crazy to suspect that the very powers that be are involved. Lest we not forget the many scandals where millions of dollars would go ‘missing’. You could say that’s a UWP thing but who’s to say that SLP isn’t just better at stealing. If no one catches you, did you even do it? Akin to the saying that if a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound. However, before you pretend to think about rioting for crime reform and writing letters to the respective ministers with your suggestions, know that part of the blame falls on you… the average Saint Lucian citizen. Between the exclamations of woe and despair when news of another violent crime is seen on the news and the time at which the crime has happened, there are people who have already been told the who, the where and the why or at least a version of such. Now with the possibility of widespread corruption looming over a single mother in a violent neighbourhood when she actually has valuable information, I’m not gonna play the aristocracy card. I’d tell that lady to go as far as using a public phone if necessary just to be safe. So now you, the average Saint Lucian citizen must be breathing a sigh of relief because there is little to nothing you can do to fight crime without putting yourself and those around you at risk BUT….. and it’s a big fat but…. there is a way to fix this and it starts with speaking to ministers and the police commissioner. This is where you are safe. You write letters and you make appointments and you do marches and you do what you can instead of sharing gory images and watering down details and creating false narratives on WhatsApp which then inevitably make it to the police as incoherent and misleading garbage. This is in my opinion is the only way we can fight crime now.

  2. until thoes criminals are not put in jail for life time for having illegal guns you’ll haven’t done anything to them..you need to make an example out of some so they could get scared..we need some heartless ppl at the court houses too..let thoes criminals get the msg

  3. Glad to hear that there is 1 less firearm on the streets but I have to ask. Will he be tried rightfully. Is he a law abiding citizen who decided to arm himself just for his protection because of what is out there ( all the crime and violence) or is he an individual up to no good. If he is the latter I only hope that the law seeks information out from him like where he got the firearm and ammunition from. If he can’t provide and help track down the source then he should be punished severely maximizing the sentence you can give him and if bail is on the table make it so high that it puts him in a situation to give service to the country. It is about time we put the criminals to good use and make them farm land ( as an example) to give back to society. turn a bad situation into something good. Stop the cycle of entering jail and being let out only to do the same thing all over again.

  4. You want people to tell if they hear of something going down, most people are too scared to talk. Why not have an anonymous phone line or something so people can share information?

  5. The Fine For Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunition should be $500.000.and above .Bail $800.000 No Suitable Surety .In an incident like this where the Firearm was Modified to Cause More Collateral DamageNo Bail.Twenty. One Multiply by Two years for the Ammunition and Firearm.

  6. The Fine for Bail when Arrested and Charged for Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunition Should be $300.000.and above cash no Suitable Surety .All the Assets of the Individual Should be Seized by the Courts.

  7. He should receive 5 years for each rounds of ammunition and an additional 20 years for the weapon i can guarantee you THESE SCUMS WILL THINK TWICE BEFORE KEEPING AN ILLEGAL GUN IN THEIR POSSESSION..

  8. modified with an adapter Damn! Where these tings coming from Venezuela, FF, Vincy, Syria, USA? Good job officers ,1 down!, Many to GO. Smph

  9. Yawn! Yawn! He will be out before you can say, “bwapeh.” Then rearm and resume criminal activities. Wash, rinse and repeat.

  10. Well done officers!!!!! Now I hope the Magistrate will not give a fine of fewer than 15 thousand dollars and or 15 years in jail.
    We St. Lucians will monitor this closely.

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