Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 24, 2016 (RSCNPF):  A late night search on Tuesday (August 23) of two (2) empty lots of land in the Conaree area by officers of the Special Services Unit (SSU) resulted in the discovery and seizure of two (2) 9mm pistols and fifty one (51) rounds of ammunition.

 The two (2) black and silver Smith and Wesson 9mm pistols with six (6) rounds of 9mm ammunition and forty five (45) rounds of .45 caliber ammunition were found buried in a hole on one (1) of the lots.  No one has been held accountable for the find.   As normal procedure, these firearms will be forensically examined to determine the extent if any of their involvement in any criminal activity. This seizure brings to twenty three (23), the number of illegal firearms seized by the Police so far in 2016, surpassing the twenty one (21) seized in 2015.

 On Friday (August 19) an illegal firearm was discovered and seized in Nevis during a community patrol; on Saturday (August 20) two “fake firearms” and a quantity of ammunition were seized by police while searching abandoned properties in St. Kitts.

 Commissioner of Police Mr. Ian M. Queeley commenting on the seizure said,  “our latest discovery within the last five (5) days is testament to the fact that our policing efforts are continuing to bear fruits.”  He added, “we have had a steady success in finding and removing these illegal firearms from our communities, every illegal firearm removed is one less instrument to inflict injury or death amongst our your people.  Further, I am appealing to the general public to stand up and be counted by providing the evidence required leading to the prosecution of these criminals.”

 The removal of illegal firearms from our communities is one of the deliverables of the Police Six Point Plan rolled out last year.

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