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Five arrested in US to TCI gun smuggling attempt; One, a suspected Gun Dealer 

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Dana Malcolm 

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#USA, December 29, 2023 – For the first time in over a year, significant updates have been shared by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force regarding a November 2022 bust of a shipment of US guns bound for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“What I can confirm is that the guns were intended to come to the TCI, we believe it was intended to Providenciales. Five local people have been arrested in respect to that,” said Dean Holden, Superintendent of Crime and Public Protection while responding to Magnetic Media questions in a December 22 national press conference.

“One has been charged with ancillary offences, so no offenses directly related to that but ancillary firearm offences which suggests his criminality is commensurate with firearms importation.”

News of the bust had sent shockwaves across the Turks and Caicos when it was announced on the morning of November 15, 2022. The guns had been captured as the country was experiencing a year of record murders in which entire families were brutally killed.

At the time, last year, it was said by HSI Regional Attaché Jeffrey Grimming said,  “Homeland Security Investigations, leveraging a robust criminal and administrative authority, work with our international partners to identify, disrupt, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which legitimate trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s top priority in the Caribbean is countering the trafficking of firearms into the region through HSI’s Caribbean Firearms Initiative.  HSI agents focus to dismantle these organizations both in the United States and abroad through collaborative efforts and partnerships such as the one with the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and TCI government officials.”

Long-held suspicions by residents that American guns were being smuggled into the Turks and Caicos were solidified when the government revealed that US Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection had intercepted ‘multiple shipments of firearms and ammunition bound for the Turks and Caicos Islands.’

At the time requests for information were turned down as the authorities maintained it was an active investigation. While arrests were confirmed in the United States there was no indication who was waiting on the TCI end to collect the shipment and where exactly it was to arrive.

Though Holden indicated charges had been laid, no convictions have yet been reported.

 

Photo Caption: Guns stopped from entering Haiti from US in August 2022

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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