A high-powered AK-47, an Uzi Machine Gun and two 9-mm pistols were seized by the police during a raid in Silver Lake on Saturday.
Cocaine, marijuana and ammunition were also seized in the raid which took place at around 6:00 am.
That information was revealed by Head of the Drug Squad Department, Inspector John Carbon, during a press conference held at the Police Headquarters conference room on Monday.
According to Carbon, the search was conducted by members of the Drug Squad, the SSU and task force resulted in the seizure of the following items: 24 rounds of 40-calibre ammunition, 30 rounds of 9-mm ammunition, one AK-47 magazine, one Uzi Submachine magazine and three 9-mm magazines.
2.135 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $57, 000 and 2.43 kilograms of marijuana, worth about $4,800 formed part of the seizure.
Carbon revealed that the items were discovered locked in a public convenience
Furthermore, Carbon stated the seizure is a major concern to the Dominica Police Force.
“It is of major concern to the police because these actually are very high powered rifles which of course are not supposed to be in the hands of civilians…,” he said. “We do not know whether there are more, but we just know these are what we found, so we know that these were out there.”
Meantime, Head of Central and Operations, Inspector Richmond Valentine noted that when the Firearm Act Number 3 of 2011, was enacted, provisions were made for increased fines and stiffer penalties and, “government continues to provide resources which directly influence the effort of the police towards the removal of firearms from the streets.”
“In 2010, the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force established a task force whose mandate, among other functions, were to conduct operations geared at intercepting illegal firearms and apprehending their owners. I am pleased to report that we have realized significance success in that regard,” Valentine stated.
However, he said the owners of illegal firearms are becoming more brazen as they engage in “irresponsible” and “callous” behaviour involving the use of those firearms.
“From a police standpoint, we cannot and will not allow such irresponsible behaviour by a few within our communities to continue to thrive,” he noted.
He said the Police force will continue to develop strategies and implement programs geared at maintaining a peaceful, safe and secure environment for citizens and visitors to enjoy.
No one was arrested and investigations are ongoing.
The AK-47 is considered one of the world’s deadliest weapons.
The Uzi Submachine Gun is said to be an effective and reliable weapon.