Police confiscate witchcraft gear, powerful guns and more

Facing a public backlash for their efforts to mitigate gun-related incidents in the country, members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force showed this week that they are still fighting to stamp out violent crime in the country. .

Not only did they confiscate several unlicensed firearms, including two high-powered AR-15 rifles, with three empty magazines, last week in Faux a Chaux, Castries, but members also confiscated five pistols, an Uzi, 57 cartridges and arrested 21 individuals for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, including one wanted individual.

The successes to date have been recorded over the past three weeks, thanks to a revamped strategy deployed by officers across various police units.

On Thursday, September 8, 2022, officers attached to the Special Services Unit, Drug Unit, Bike Patrol, Criminal Investigations Unit and Major Crimes Unit conducted the operation at Fake Lime.

During the operation, a house occupied by Sean Phillips and Jenny Charles was searched and the two AR-15 rifles discovered. Both Phillip and Charles were arrested and charged with possession of a firearm.

On Friday, September 9, 2022, officers attached to Gros Islet Police Station, Criminal Investigations Department, conducted an operation, as well as Babonneau and Rodney Bay Police Stations in Monchy, Gros Islet.

During the operation Stephenson Charles, 26, of La Feuille, Monchy was searched in a small shop in the neighborhood, resulting in the recovery of a black Smith and Wesson .40 pistol and nine .40 cartridges.

Stephenson Charles was arrested and later charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition and escorted to First District Court to be released on bail. He was granted $20,000.00 cash bond or proper bond on the possession of a firearm charge, and on the ammunition charge in the amount of $10,000 along with travel restrictions and reporting requirements.

On Sunday September 11, 2022, officers attached to the Special Services Unit were carrying out mobile patrols in the commune of Bocage, Castries when they were correct to stop a motor vehicle with five occupants. One of the occupants threw a bag out the window. A search was carried out and a black and silver JA9 firearm containing six cartridges was recovered.

In the car were Cidel Christopher, 22, from La Caye, Dennery; Annacis Stephen, 27, from Bocage, Castries; Clevy Andrew, 18, from Bocage, Castries; Asana Auguste 24 from Bocage, Castries and a 15 year old Juvenile.

They were arrested and charged with possession of firearms and ammunition, escorted to First District Court, and posted bail of $15,000 for possession of a firearm and $6,000 for possession of ammunition. They have also been slapped with travel restrictions and reporting requirements. The minor in this case was released into the custody and protection of his parents.

Then on Monday of this week, following a joint operation by the Castries Criminal Investigation Department with the assistance and support of the Central Police Station, General Duty and Special Services Unit, a search was conducted at Pearts Gap, Castries.

According to police, during the conduct of this operation, officers attended the homes of Natokie residents Anthony and Amber Luann Altenor where a search warrant for firearms, ammunition and electronics was executed. The search yielded the following items: a DJI phantom 4 pro plus drone, an SD card, a Crow Bar, a Note 9 mobile phone and witchcraft accessories including: two crystal balls, a Ouija board, a Holy bible- Heritage Edition, a Wiccan Bible, a Book of the Corner Witches and a Book of Shadows.

Anthony and Altenor were taken into custody. On Thursday, they were charged with being in possession of prohibited imports (occult paraphernalia) under No. 13 of Schedule 3 of Section 84(1) and Section 118 of the Customs Act (Control and Management), Chapter 15.05 of the Revised Laws of St. Lucia 2014. They were also charged with unlawful possession under Section 441(1) of the Penal Code of St. Lucia 2013.

They were granted bail in the amount of $1,000 each, signing conditions were also attached to their bail conditions, and the case was adjourned to October 14, 2022.

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