Government Determined to Stop Illegal Trade of Drugs and Firearms
Government has vowed to confront the illegal drug trade and trade in firearms head on.
Minister for National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore says Government is looking to secure a vessel to help intercept those involved in the illegal trade.
He issued a statement earlier this week, following the seizure of high powered guns at Silver Lake.
The Minister is also commending the police force for their work in the seizure.
“I want to praise the police for an exceptional piece of police work which led to the recovery of a number of high powered firearms and a quantity of cocaine in the Silver Lake community. What we’re witnessing is a cross fertilization of crime; criminals who trade illegal drugs also trade illegal firearms. This is the greatest threat to our civilization and has to be confronted head on. The police force should not relent and should take all necessary action to rid our streets of illegal firearms and hard drugs such as cocaine.
“Since the bulk of illegal firearms and illegal drugs come into the country by sea, Government is seriously looking at procuring a modern high-tech patrol vessel to intercept those forms at sea. A proposal for the procurement of such a vessel is currently being considered. Let me say further that recovery by the police must be viewed as a very serious matter by all of us. Persons who possess illegal firearms have every intention to use them especially those involved in illegal drug trade.”
Minister Blackmoore made reference to a Gun Amnesty Program and the repealing of the Firearms Act which were implemented.
“You may recall in 2008 in recognising the seriousness of this matter, Government initiated a Gun Amnesty Programme. This gave persons with illegal firearms the opportunity to turn them in to the police without fear of being prosecuted. Subsequently, Parliament repealed the then firearms act and enacted a new piece of firearm legislation with much more stringent penalties. The intention of parliament therefore was very clear. One would reasonably expect that the sentences given to those convicted under the current legislation would reflect the intention of Parliament. I wish the police success in its investigation in finding those responsible for the illegal firearms and drugs found in the Silver Lake Community and the prosecution of those involved. Dominica is not Iraq and certainly Dominica is not Syria, no one therefore should have in their possession such high caliber weapons.”