15 firearms, 900 rounds of ammunition seized at Dominica port
Fifteen firearms, 12 magazines and 963 live rounds of ammunition hidden in several items in a cargo container on the port were recovered by members of the Customs and Excise division last week.
At a press conference held by the Customs Division and the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (CDPF), Assistant Commissioner of Police Davison Valerie reported that on Thursday February 3, 2022, Customs Officers intercepted a consignment of goods during a routine check at Woodbridge Bay Port.
He said during the inbound examination operation, several pistols, assault rifles, magazines and a large quantity of ammunition were hidden in a large cargo box within items which included “containers of Folgers Coffee, Nesquik chocolate powder, Pink Lemonade powder, and also in an IQ Bluetooth speaker box.”
Valarie said the items seized are now in police custody at Police Headquarters.
“It is interesting to note the extent to which the perpetrators would go to conceal illegal goods and disguise their criminal acts. One man has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking firearms and importation of firearms,” the Assistant Commissioner stated.
He further disclosed that a request for assistance into the investigation of the importation of the firearms and ammunition into Dominica has been made to the United States authorities and appealed to the general public for their continued support and cooperation in fighting crime in Dominica.
Comptroller of Customs, Roderick Deschamp, in his remarks at the briefing, said the seizure of the weapons demonstrates his division’s commitment to their task and constitutes an outstanding job by Customs Officers.
“I want here to commend my staff who, under very difficult circumstances, continue to work tirelessly to balance the need for facilitating legitimate trade, while ensuring that the division can interdict individuals determined to circumvent our laws,” Deschamps stated.