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Second Suspected Gang Member Nabbed

A mugshot of alleged gang member Cydereo Smith

A second individual, Cydereo Smith, aged 26, hailing from Kew Town, Providenciales, is set to appear before a magistrate today, facing charges of being a gang member and discharging a firearm.

According to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, this development follows a shooting incident on February 5th, 2023, in Grace Bay, where a group of men reportedly fired firearms at another group. Fortunately, no severe injuries were reported in the attack.

The charges against Smith were leveled under the Anti-Gang Ordinance (2022) after a thorough investigation, and subsequent consultations between law enforcement officers and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Superintendent Dean Holden, the Head of Crime, Safeguarding, and Public Protection, commented on the matter, saying, "This is another example of the Police Force's relentless pursuit of those suspected to be involved in gang-related crime, specifically the criminal use of illegal firearms. This latest charge also demonstrates our continued use of the relatively new Anti-Gang legislation to target individuals who cause harm to our communities."

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is advising the public cooperate with law enforcement by reporting any information related to gangs or other illegal activities. They can reach out to 911, the nearest police station, the RTCIPF Serious Crime Unit at 232-8752, or TCI Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, all while maintaining their anonymity.

In addition to local resources, individuals are encouraged to contact Miami-Dade & Florida Keys Crime Stoppers at 1-305-471-8477 to share information anonymously. This collaborative effort aims to combat gang-related activities and enhance public safety within Providenciales.



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