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High Level Civil servant charged for Conspiracy to supply Guns

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Dana Malcolm
Staff Writer

#TurksandCaicosIslands, February 14, 2024 – A high-level civil servant is among a group of men, charged with conspiracy to smuggle firearms into the Turks and Caicos, 41-year-old Ryan Smith was called before the courts alongside 43-year-old Shakeme Seymour of Grand Turk and 27-year-old James Ferguson of Providenciales.

Wilkie Arthur, Magnetic Media Court Correspondent, broke the news on Monday, February 5th. Police confirmation followed days later. Rumors of an arrest had begun as early as October 2023, following the killing of Jumilla Isma, who was being sought by police for questioning regarding firearm supply.

Arthur confirms the men were re-arrested this year and charged swiftly after it was alleged that they conspired along with Isma to supply firearms in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The charges come just months after Smith was appointed as Director of Business
Transformation in the Office of the Deputy Governor.

Premier Washington Misick had warned in 2022 that many of the young men suspected of committing crimes in the Turks, and Caicos were gainfully employed.

“A lot of these young men that are involved in criminality have jobs, so it’s not a situation where they are unable to support themselves.”

The premier blamed the need for instant gratification.

Smith holds an associate degree in System, Analysis and  Computer Programming from Tallahassee Community College, a bachelors in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University, and other information systems certifications. In August 2023 he had been hired to drive the transformation of public services to better meet the needs of the public.

The three men, one of whom is already on remand for gun related charges (Seymour), will remain in police custody until their cases are called later this year.

The importation and supply of guns locally has been an area of serious concern for the government as guns are the main tool used in murders across the country.

Following the most recent outburst of crime, which resulted in five deaths and seven injuries, including that of a 10-year-old girl over one five days, (January 29, February 1 and February 2nd); the UK has indicated they are sending in a firearms team, consisting of six officers and a commander.

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Following Court ruling, US Embassy Doubles Down on Warning: DO NOT TRAVEL TO TCI WITH GUNS, AMMO

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By Deandrea Hamilton

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Dozens of news reports are all over TV and the internet, scarring the Turks and Caicos’ reputation yet again. This time linked to what Americans view as the preposterous law, which would, without chance for legal argument, throw a tourist into prison for 12 years.  It is a mandatory conviction law on the books for possession of unlicensed guns or ammunition, and which just heard from the Court of Appeal that there ought to be no exceptions, whether it is one bullet or one gun, whether it is a tourist or a woman.

But what policymakers in various submissions in the House of Assembly back in October thought would return a win or opportunity for leniency to be injected as part of a legal defense has backfired.  Now, unequivocally, the high court has ruled that the law gives no leeway.  Anyone found with an unlicensed gun or ammunition must face what the law says is the penalty: not a fine, no reduced prison time, no exoneration, but 12 years mandatory in His Majesty’s Prison.

Now the US Embassy is doubling down on its message to travelers to the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Do not travel with your legal gun and ammunition from the US to the islands. Do not, because in the islands, your right to carry arms is not automatic, and if you are caught, you will face severe punishment, and there is nothing the US government can do about it.  There are several tourists charged and awaiting a ruling in their cases.  There is also a Grand Turk businesswoman who was arrested for a single bullet in her luggage.  While all of these matters are shocking and drawing public calls for leniency, as far as the law goes, everyone charged under it is headed to prison for 12 years.

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More than 300 murders in Jamaica since 2024

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Rashaed Esson

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Jamaica has recorded 311 murders since the start of 2024 as of April 13, across the 19 police divisions according to the latest crime statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force. However, despite the amount of murders, this is a decrease of 14 percent compared to the same time last year.

The divisions with the highest murder counts are: St James with 41, St. Catherine South, 29; Westmoreland, 28; St. Andrew South, 25; St. Ann, 21; and Clarendon, 21. Portland has the lowest with 2 murders.

Additionally, Rapes have declined by 37 percent and break-ins by six per cent.

Meanwhile, shootings have increased by three per cent and robberies one per cent, compared to the same time last year.

 

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Aggravated Burglary

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#TurksandCaicos, April 15, 2024 – The recent aggravated robbery targeting a five-member household is undoubtedly distressing for both the victims and the community at large.

Superintendent (Division A) Willet Harvey said, “Around 11:21 pm yesterday (April 14th) evening, the Police Control Room received a report that four masked males, three of whom were armed, entered a residence at New Subdivision, Grand Turk, and proceeded to rob the occupants.

The armed suspects managed to flee the scene on foot and escaped.

“Following the report, officers were dispatched to the scene, conducted extensive searches and interviewed individuals. Based on the information received, we are actively pursuing several leads that will lead to arrests in the shortest possible time.

“The incident highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and proactively safeguarding homes and families. I advise people to enhance their home security by locking doors and windows when inside, investing in a CCTV system, and ensuring adequate outdoor lighting. Should you have any information on this burglary or illegal activities in Grand Turk, please call 946-2299. ”

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information.

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