WEAPON/DRUGS FOUND At about 11 pm on Monday 17th November 2008, Police were conducting patrol operations in the Basseterre area and several areas were searched for illegal drugs, arms and ammunitions and one Smith and Wesson 9 mm Pistol along with nine rounds of ammunition and a large quantity of marijuana were found in an abandoned property. The firearm and ammunitions along with the drugs were taken into custody and two persons are also in custody and are assisting with the investigation. The drugs carried a street value of $3,000.00 E.C This find bring the total number of firearms recovered for the year to 32, as well as over 1,600 rounds of ammunition, as compared to 21 fire arms for the entire year of 2007 and eight fire arms in the previous year. Police also conducted search operations in the Mansion area on 17th November 2008 and a total of 150 marijuana plants were found growing in a plastic container in an abandoned building. The plants, which ranged from seedlings to one foot in height, were uprooted and taken into custody. No one was held accountable for the find.”” ARRESTS Gilbert Gordon of West Farm was on 14th November 2008 arrested and charged for the offence of threatening language. The offence was committed on 16th August 2008. Eslie Lewis of Basseterre was arrested and charged on 14th November 2008 for the offence of larceny, an offence that was committed on 10th November 2008. Kadin Jeffers of New road was on 14th November 2008 arrested and charged for the offence of wounding with intent. The offence was committed on 5th November 2008. A 15 year old juvenile of Ponds Pasture was arrested and charged on 14th November 2008 for the offence of assault with intent to rob, an offence that was committed on 27th October 2008. Emmette Lambert of Mc Knight was arrested and charged on 14th November 2008 for the offences of resisting arrest, battery on police, obstruction and for carrying abroad an offensive weapon. Keston Matthew of Saddlers Village was on 14th November 2008 arrested and charged for the offence of possession of cannabis. Wendell Peets of Basseterre was arrested and charged on 15th November 2008 for the offence of larceny. The offence was committed on 31st October 2008. Andrew Govia of Lower Cayon was arrested and charged on 15th November 2008 for the offence of wounding, an offence that was committed on 14th November 2008. Mackline Hendrickson of Old Road was arrested and charged on 17th November 2008 for the offence of wounding. The offence was committed on 7th November 2008. OPERATIONS Routine stop and search operations were conducted by Police between the areas of Old Road to Phillips Village on Friday 14th November 2008 for illegal drugs, arms and ammunitions and several persons and vehicles were stopped and searched and Troy Romney of Molyneaux was arrested and charged for the offence of possession of cannabis after a search revealed that he was carrying a quantity of marijuana. Similar operations were also conducted by members of the security forces in the Basseterre and Frigate Bay area on 14th, 15th and 16th November 2008 and a total of 134 individuals and 97 vehicles were stopped and searched and a quantity of marijuana was found while conducting a search but no one was held accountable for the find. The drugs were taken into custody. In addition, one person was arrested for immigration purposes. MATTERS AT THE COURT Lorenzo Herbert of St. Paul’s Village appeared before the District “B” Magistrate Court on Friday 14th November 2008 and was convicted for the offences of careless driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident and was ordered to pay $600.00 and severely cautioned respectively. The fine must be paid within three months or Herbert will serve two weeks in prison. The offences were committed on 22nd February 2008 at New Guinea. Chino Evans of The Alley, Sandy Point, also appeared before the said court and was convicted for wounding Edward Phillip of St. Paul’s Village on 8th March 2008 and was sentenced to four months in prison. Sylvester Kelly and Calvin Samuel both of Saddlers Village appeared before the District “A” Magistrate Court on Friday 14th November 2008 and they were both convicted for malicious damage committed on 2nd November 2008 and Kelly was fined $,1,000.00 plus an additional $1,200.00 in compensation. The total must be paid in four months or Kelly will serve six months in prison. Additionally, Samuel was ordered to pay $1,000.00 in fines plus an additional $800.00 in compensation. He must also pay this sum within four months or serve six months in prison. A 15 year old juvenile from Taylors Village appeared before the District “A” Magistrate Court on 17th November 2008 to answer the charge of building breaking and larceny was convicted and placed on probation for a six months period during which time the juvenile is required to keep the peace and be of good behavior. The offence was committed on 26th August 2008. Jermaine Carey of Tabernacle Village also appeared before the court and was convicted for using indecent language and ordered to pay $300.00 in one month or serve 14 days in prison. TRAINING CONDUCTED As part of the Canadian funded Law Enforcement Training Assistance Programme, seventeen (17) members of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force completed a one week intensive course of training in Tourism Security over the period 10-14 November 2008 at the NEMA Conference Centre. Other security personnel participating in this Security Workshop were drawn from the St Kitts-Nevis Defense Force, Customs Department, Fire & Rescue Services, St Christopher Air & Sea Ports Authority, Nevis Air & Sea Ports Authority, Pelican Mall Security, Ross University Security, Diamond Security and the Royal St Kitts Hotel & Casino. This Security Training was conducted by Len Cross & Associates a Security Consulting team whose four facilitators possess combined experience of over one hundred years in the field of International Security. A range of topics were covered from Bomb Threat Planning & Management to Risk Assessment Methodologies and Crisis Management and Response.
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