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Accused Gun Distributors Nabbed By Police


RTCIPF Mugshots of James Ferguson (left) who has been charged with firearms distribution and possession of marijuana, and Ryan Smith, who was charged with firearms distribution.

Three men of Grand Turk and Providenciales addresses who are charged with gun and drug-related offences have been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison on Grand Turk until their sufficiency hearing have been heard.


 The three accused gun distributors are identified as Ryan Smith 41, of Providenciales, Shakeme Seymour 43, of Grand Turk, and James Ferguson 27 of Providenciales.

 

The three were charged on February 5, by officers of the Serious Crimes Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force. According to the police, all three were charged with conspiring to supply firearms and ammunition. Additionally, Ferguson faces an extra charge of conspiring to supply marijuana.


The accused trio appeared before the Magistrate’s Court on February 6, where they were remanded in custody. They are awaiting a sufficiency hearing scheduled for April 10.


In recent weeks there have been a wave of gun crimes across Providenciales in Grand Turk. Last week, within the space of 24 hours, the police recorded two double murders, sparking Governor Her Excellency Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam and Premier Hon. Washington Misick to host a joint news briefing, announcing plans to beef up security measures.

 

It is not clear whether or not any of the men arrested have been linked to the gun-related incidents on both islands. additionally, the police did not say whether or not any firearms were found in the men’s possession.

 

Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr. Rodney Adams, issued a brief statement emphasizing the commitment of law enforcement in preventing illegal activities, particularly the trafficking of firearms. He highlighted the ongoing collaboration with international partner law agencies and the implementation of robust operations by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) to safeguard the region.


Acing Commissioner Adams urged the public to contribute to the fight against illegal activities by providing information through various channels, including calling emergency services at 911, contacting the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or using the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-8477 (TIPS).


The case against the men underscores the authorities' dedication to maintaining the security and well-being of the Turks and Caicos Islands, emphasizing the importance of community involvement in ensuring public safety.





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