Of the nine persons taken into custody as a result of a Police Operation involving the execution of a number of search warrants at various addresses in Tortola executed yesterday morning, six were formally charged; four with firearms related offences.
Charged with unlawful possession of firearms were Irene Penn O’Neal, 55, Zubida O’Neal, 21, Cordell O’Neal, 29, all of Pockwood Pond and Shameek Grant, 21, of Johnson Ghut.
In addition Malik Maduro of Long Bush was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis and Keejan Thomas, 22, of Belmont Estate was charged with burglarizing three businesses on Frenchman’s Cay this week. All persons except Keejan Thomas were granted police bail.
Besides the firearms and ammunition that were seized, suspected stolen goods were among the other items taken into police possession as a result of the operation.
In addition to these arrests, a West End Police Officer was also instrumental in detaining and charging a male in the Cane Garden Bay area who was seen leaving a closed business premises. He attempted to escape by running into the sea but was followed by the officer and apprehended.
The suspect, identified as Reynaldo Hewlett, 32, of Anderson Estate, was subsequently arrested and charged for burglary. Hewlett remains in police custody.
Commissioner of Police David Morris noted his gratitude for the seamless and decisive actions of the officers involved in yesterday’s operation.
“Many officers took part in the operation yesterday, working together under the command of Detective Superintendent Alexis Charles. As a result of his leadership and the planning undertaken by the Force Intelligence Unit, all the officers who took part were able to work together effectively and efficiently to arrest the persons, search a number of premises and seize suspected stolen property, drugs and firearms. I would like to take this opportunity to commend all the officers for their hard work and commitment.
“In addition I would also like to acknowledge the good work of the officer who whilst on patrol pursued and arrested Reynaldo Hewlett whilst he attempted to escape having broken into a business premise in Cane Garden Bay,” he said.