US national and family in police custody following seizure of guns and ammunition in Mahaut

Jason Grogg

Jason James Grogg, a male adult from Indiana, United States of America (USA), along with two members of his family are presently in police custody assisting with an ongoing investigation of trafficking unlicensed firearms and ammunition into Dominica. According to Police Inspector Fixton Henderson, on Monday, April 17, 2023, members of the Anti-Crime Task Force of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (CDPF), along with the investigation unit of the Customs and Excise Division, executed a search warrant on a certain premise at Belfast, where Grogg resides.

“During the search one 9mm Glock pistol along with a quantity of 9mm and 20mm ammunition among other items were seized for investigations,”  Henderson reported. He continued, “Also a 40-foot storage container, which was in the possession of Jason Grogg and stored on the compound of a church in Mahaut was seized and searched.”

The Police Inspector further disclosed that during the search, four M16 magazines, each containing 30 rounds of ammunition, as well as 17 20-gauge ammunition were recovered and seized for investigations. “ Jason James Grogg and two other members of his family were arrested on suspicion of trafficking in unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Investigation is ongoing,” Henderson stated.

Prior to Grogg’s arrest, Feed My Sheep (FMS), an organization with which he was affiliated, severed ties with him. The Youth and Crisis Center which is located in Mahaut has been established for over 30 years providing holistic aid to those in need. “We, the Board of Directors of Feed My Sheep (FMS), would like to make a public statement regarding a USA visitor, named Jason Grogg. Mr. Grogg came to Dominica from the USA and offered his services as a volunteer at our organization, as many visitors have done in the past,” the FMS Board of Directors wrote in a public statement.

“However, due to his recent abusive and fraudulent behavior towards our organization and members, we need to let the public know that we have disassociated ourselves from him.”

The organization directors further declared that Grogg has never been given any official position at FMS, nor does he speak on their behalf in any capacity. “He is not the Director of FMS. He is not a board member nor manager. He is not a “missionary” of FMS. He has no power of attorney, to sign any documents for, or on, FMS’s behalf.”

“He has no authority from us, to collect any financial donations for FMS. He has no permission, from us, to clear items from the port nor pick up donations on behalf of FMS. We are not responsible for his conduct or how he may choose to represent himself to the public,” they averred. Following their disaffiliation with Grogg, FMS Directors stated that a report was made to the “appropriate authorities” pursuant to their attempts in ensuring that their organization is not misrepresented or taken advantage of in the future.

In response to the public notice by FMS of disassociation, Grogg issued a statement that he dubbed, “The Truth and Feed My Sheep”. “The fact that we live in relativistic times, means we no longer respect the authority of argument. We do not seek to prove things, but rather to score cheap points, as Feed My Sheep (FMS) has tried to do,” he posited.

“In this kind of scenario, it would be frightfully easy for me to score points. It would be easy to slam dunk on FMS. However, I operate by a standard; I seek the wisdom of Scripture and the will of the Heavenly Father. So if you are looking for a juicy tidbit about FMS, stop reading… It’s not here. There is no need for me to slander or malign what they are. Their actions against me speak more clearly than I ever could.”

The USA national accused the organization of using the name of God for financial gain. “A deception is an act of war, and the same distinctions that we make between murder and killing must be made between lying and lawful deception. The sinful forms of deception are those which introduce a state of civil war and animosity into communities that ought to be at peace.”

“…Feed My Sheep’s willfulness, stubbornness, and all the real problems come when they (for personal reasons) refuse to extend biblical principles. Instead, they chose to defame me publicly by using “media releases.” That is an act of a coward or in this case, a coward.”

Adding, “A number of people have been industriously trying to build up a cottage industry (maybe they are looking for government funding) by accusing me of various kinds of nefarious business, and included in my alleged skullduggery is lying. Now, when these people accuse me of lying, are they lying? I say they are, but I will let you decide.”

According to Grogg, based on his close interaction with FMS for the past 15 months, the organization will “not survive an audit.”

“Something I will be calling for in the legal arena. They are wanting to take hold of the spotlight and shine it on me. Thank you for handing me the stage, and pushing my name out in a way that I could never have done on my own. To that, I say: To the Glory of God! Let this be a witness to all those who wish to choose chaos over Christ.”

He vowed to create a website to publish all evidence of alleged misconduct by FMS including documents, videos, and chats, “that will allow everyone to see the sins of FMS.”

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  1. Gone Are The Days
    April 24, 2023

    Black People are the only ones who take up and vehemently defend the religion of their captors. Yes you are captives with a religion tailored for Europeans and Don’t take my word for it, look it up, find any other group of people that do such, I’ll pay you big.
    You have to find yours, your African Spiritual System, parts of which were stolen Christianity, modified and weaponized to take your continent .. and you; but you will argue with our anyone who has broken this truth to you. Look it up and move on from this isht.

    • me
      April 24, 2023

      @Gone Are The Days
      Well most Dominicans won’t even understand that. Be careful they don’t refer to you as an atheist. We are in trouble in this place.

      • Gone Are The Days
        April 25, 2023

        As long as they don’t require me to follow the European concept of God that was weaponized and forced upon them and us, as the concept of God is totally African borrowed by everyone to perpetuate racism. Check Noah/Ham in their Bible.

  2. Old News
    April 23, 2023

    I just read a news flash that 39 bod*es were excavated in a cult investigation of a pastor in Kenya. My thoughts are with Dominica, send chills up any humane persons spine:; oh how I weep for my people.

  3. Try me
    April 22, 2023

    So where will all of these guns and weapons go to? In somebody’s glove compartment? They must be pretty nice Guns burning the officers eyes 👀. Hear them in the police headquarters: “I want this one, pal.” 😂😂😂😂Guns for so. Dominica is a little TEXAS.

  4. There's more
    April 22, 2023

    This has always been the MO of Christian missionaries. Even harems of little girls from way back in the day – you must investigate for adoptions too.
    Just see how they have devastated the Continent of Africa and continue to portray your people with flies on them after they took all your wealth by force.

    You must stop them missionaries, investigate, get questions answered. If there are four m-16 magazines… where are the m-16 rapid guns?
    But they instruct you to jail our young men for cannabis?

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  5. At any cost
    April 21, 2023

    If the plan was to uproot the corrupt seed out of business then I would say good job. But if the plan was to spread the corruption further by supplying drug dealers and con artists with guns and ammunition then get what you deserve

  6. Vending machine
    April 21, 2023

    Look guns and armo, go feed my sheep.

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  7. Late Bloomer
    April 21, 2023

    This overt practitioner of bible and bullet diplomacy epitomizes the hypocritical American prototypes who would have others do as they say and not as they do.

    Those syncophants who come bearing poisoned gifts while peddling religious doctrine are the new age colonizers. They bamboozle and distract the naive with pious words as a camorflage to their diabolical and wicked schemes. When busted, they try to weasel there way out of accountability with the most inane and ridiculous excuses.

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    • me
      April 21, 2023

      @Late Bloomer
      Most dangerous country on planet earth is America. Their toy is their gun…..Funny enough they have the Dominican population in their back pockets, save for a few.
      This guy was preparing for something.

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  8. ?????????
    April 21, 2023

    That what America brings to you. Guns, missiles, bombs, warplanes, torpedos, navy ships, drones, etc, etc,
    Nothing else….

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    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      April 22, 2023

      @?????, you must know that this double value by white folks is nothing new. Have you forgotten that a white God was brought to Africa and the colonies by white men with a whip or gun in their hands and a Bible in the other?. Nothing new here.

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  9. Clear the Air
    April 21, 2023

    Guns and Bibles. For this type of person, they go together like peas and carrots.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 13 Thumb down 1
  10. Jonathan Y St Jean
    April 21, 2023

    The seed for the religious community to become boldface and involved in brazen criminal activities were sown some time ago. The Catholic church leader wouldn’t defend the sheep of his flock in Salisbury and elsewhere after receiving a huge gift from the cabal. Other leaders of denominations, except pastor Randy Rodney and a handful of others, look the other way and refuse to lend their voices of condemnation to glaring known corrupt behavior occurring in the country. Other leaders of civic society have chosen to prefer lining their pockets and bank accounts whilst disregarding malfeasance all around them. The fish, Dominica, is rotten from the head on down and this news item is proof of it. “Me-the-people” leadership values have trickled down. I hope the police and judiciary don’t bungle this opportunity to put a dent in the culture of selfish greed and criminal values running rampant in the country. Dominica I’m sorry but the vultures are descending upon your carcass

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  11. RBH
    April 21, 2023

    This guy is out of touch with reality. He blames FMS for all the wrong doing but doesn’t take any responsibility for his own actions of disregarding Dominica law in regards to guns. Shame on him

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    • There's more
      April 22, 2023

      Well tell us more.

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  12. Watchout!
    April 21, 2023

    This man was preaching at the state college and to children. His blog site is a white right wing playground and he has been writing newsletters all about Dominica on there putting it on the radar.

    Looks like a cult was in the making.

    I already know since he has been arrested some people he associated with and preached to are not willing to denounce him. This is far from over, seeds seem to have been planted.

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  13. April 21, 2023

    Well, we should not discriminate. We accept the American financial laws so why not their gun laws where everyone has a right to own as many guns as they want. Every American coming to these islands should be searched as a standard procedure.

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 6 Thumb down 4
  14. Knock Knee
    April 20, 2023

    Garçon I remember when the wayward fellas in Dominica used the cutlass as their weapon of choice. Nowadays it seems like every little wannabe gangster have a gun which they are quite willing to discharge for any reason.

    The current state of gun violence in Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Lucia and other islands had me giving thanks that things in our country had not reached that magnitude. Boy was I wrong, the seeds of destruction and guns are being planted right under our very noses. Only God knows how many guns are in circulation on our tiny island.

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  15. Lin clown
    April 20, 2023

    IBO you are just a gossiping Jacka,just like the media whore on q95.I am sure you got that
    Don key behind from him “Huge container with so many deadly weapons”.You are always gossiping,spreading fake news and lying to all UWP aholes who have nothing to do but swallow your BS.You only listen to the propaganda station from Rikers Island in New York.No guns were found in the 40′ container at Mahaut,your Jacka.I guess DNO did not see your lying comment before posting,or they are afraid to label you a notorious conman,cursed son of Satan and a liar.

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    • Ibo France
      April 21, 2023

      Lin Clown when you curse me I know that I’m doing something right.How do I know this? You are always on the wrong side of every issue. I would not feel comfortable if you happen to agree with me on anything.

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      • Man bite dogs
        April 21, 2023

        Yeah Ibo, go on a fool never know when he is wrong that is what you are, disgusting type of person that would try and convince a monkey honey is sweeter than banana, I am pretty sure that Ibo, and Francisco, are the same person could be Siamese twins otherwise a two headed snake.

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        • Hello
          April 21, 2023

          @man bite dog
          I am shocked that someone like you refers to another person as a fool..😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄Biggest joke of 2023 thus far!

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  16. jazz53
    April 20, 2023

    Perfect timing! let us see what went down in Trinidad, or was it just a get-together for the leaders of the countries at taxpayers’ expense?

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  17. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    April 20, 2023

    20 MM ammunition, that’s the rounds that were used in the US Army 6 barell Vulcan cannon and still used in US air force fighter jets. What was he doing with them. The police need to check if he was planning to bring in a high caliber weapon into Dominica. He may have been planning an attempted government overthrow with outside partners. The US ATF need to be notified about this incident. He is up to no good.

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  18. Lin clown
    April 20, 2023

    Stop making yourself an ahole like IBO France.The police have M16 rifles they brought from Grenada in 1984.They also have M4 carbine both use 5.56 caliber ammo.The police also have AK47s which use a much bigger round of ammo 7.62 caliber.The 32 round M16 magazine is to long for the M4 carbine but the 5.56 caliber is the same.Remember it was Thompson Fontaine and members of UWP who said young people were asking for guns to kill Chinese and Haitians.It is my belief illegal arms an ammunitions are being brought into Dominica by supporters of the blue party,with the knowledge and support of the executive of the blue party.On the night of February 7th 2017,their attempt to overthrow the government failed.The coup leader was recorded by the media whore saying ” what you see going on will NOT stop untill Skerrit demits office or resign.Skerrit will not demit office,nor will he resign.We will prevent our country from being destroyed by crooks,traitors and habitual criminals.

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  19. What goes around
    April 20, 2023

    FEED MY SHEEP. In the gospel of John 21: 15-17 Jesus commanded Peter to feed His sheep. Here at this church in Mahaut, what Jesus said is being misapplied. The sheep of Jesus Christ are His Followers. Not the world at large. There is a vast distinction between Sheep and Goats. In the church at Mahaut they cook every Saturday (mostly) and feed people. Those who are being fed and those drunks, those who are high on drugs, and of course the down and out who are not followers of Christ. This is being done, (in my view) as a coverup to solicit donations and support from those who are able. Take a trip to that (FMS) church on Campbell Rd on a Saturday and you’ll see for yourself. I’m not against feeding everybody. But don’t use scriptures in the wrong way to purport your purpose for doing this. Jesus says, “ Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4. Our deeds catches up with us sooner or later. An investigation is needed at FMS

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 0
  20. Ibo France
    April 20, 2023

    Watching this guy’s photo for the article reminds me of this: “A smiling face doesn’t mean a smiling heart.”

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  21. Missionaries my foot
    April 20, 2023

    Feed My Sheep (FMS) is doing a good job by washing the Shepherd’s hand like Pilate. But some in-depth investigation needs to be done at this church.

    Such organizations seems to seek help from whoever will. But FMS is “Supposed” to be a Christian organization that preach the gospel for the saving of lost souls, and should have known better than allowing such characters to infiltrate the “so-called” church in such a dangerous way. Feed My Sheep needs to be fully investigated. There are many people living in that church building like a monastery and it would a significant amount of funds to house and feed these people. Hence, FMS could be of easy access to criminals entering our country as missionaries. The government may somewhat hesitant to crackdown on this “so-call” church because the church’s pillars are heavy labor supporters. So if you for labor you can do all these crazy things.

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  22. Straight Up
    April 20, 2023

    Give him and others like him the exact same treatment (jail and subsequent deportation) given to Caribbean nationals who perform similar transgressions in the US.

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  23. derp
    April 20, 2023

    20mm ammunition that’s the size of your hand!

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    • ?????????
      April 20, 2023

      Your hand? Guess you don’t know what’s your hand!
      20mm = 2cm…Can still kill.

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      • derp
        April 20, 2023

        Unless dno made a typo it is the size of your hand… google 20mm ammunition
        Also check the military fanbase below for examples…

        • me
          April 22, 2023

          How 20mm can be the size of your hand…? Not possible! Only if it means something totally different in the military.

      • derp
        April 20, 2023

        Furthermore it’s probably .20 caliber rounds they meant to say

        ADMIN: The police said it was 20mm ammo in the information provide to us, we included the direct quote in the article.

        • John the Baptist
          April 22, 2023

          Now that is BIG, huge. Seems they def building a military.

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  24. Ibo France
    April 20, 2023

    I said already, to the chagrin of some, that Dominica under Roosevelt’s tenure is a magnet for thieves, crooks, fugitives of the law, mobsters, outlaws, gun runners, racketeers, villains within and without.

    The local law enforcement authorities should use this incident as an opportunity to thoroughly interrogate these individuals to elicit as much information from them relating to the illicit arms trafficking in Dominica. In every dark cloud there is a silver lining.

    Lastly, how did this huge container with so many deadly weapons clear customs so glibly? CORRUPTION has the single most devastating effect on the pending demise of Dominica.

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    • walt
      April 20, 2023

      This guy is worse that that. He’s a religious fundamentalist – the kind that walks into schools guns blazing. Hand him over to the FBI.

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    • April 20, 2023

      Their are thieves, crooks, mobsters, fugitives, gun runners, villains, racketeers, corruption in every part of the world. Dominica is not immune from all these tribulations going on. We are a part of the world. We are not invulnerable. Stop hating on your Supreme Leader. What have you done for the betterment of your country besides just criticizing and writing garbage? Nothing, absolutely nothing. You are no role model nor an exemplary figure. I look at you as a pariah and an exiled human being.

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      • Ibo France
        April 21, 2023

        DS, be factual. Name any English speaking Caribbean country that has had more international scandals than Dominica. If you can be truthful for once, and this is a big ask for a habitual liar like you, your answer will be zero, nada, nil, naught.

        Your thunderous, ad hominem attacks on me doesn’t change the truth. Truth is a stubborn thing.

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        • Putin
          April 21, 2023

          Easy: Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Haiti, Antigua…..need I go on?

          Your obsession with thinking the worse about Dominica is known, but…..magway sah, why do you seem so drunk on self-hate and a love for disinformation?

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          • April 21, 2023

            Thank you Putin. Need I say more? You have said it all. He does not live in these islands so he does not know what’s going on. It’s like I live in Maryland and does not know what the heck is going on in Detroit. Again Ibo, stop hating on the PM.

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        • April 21, 2023

          Also Ibo, Dominica is developing along with the other islands and with Development comes crimes, all sorts of crimes, just as they are in the advanced countries.

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          • Ibo France
            April 21, 2023

            Dominica is developing a tyranny, criminality, authoritarianism, kleptocracy.

            The country has become a haven and a nesting place for the world’s biggest and richest thieves and bandits.

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      • Asking, for a born-again friend
        April 22, 2023

        @ds, you said thieves, crooks, mobsters, fugitives, gun runners, villains, racketeers, corruption in every part of the world. But left out missionaries, how so?

  25. OneLove
    April 20, 2023

    In that case the US authorities must get to know about it and that will trigger fbi involvement to see who else is involved in the US and who in Dominica especially top boys that might be involved. Also, I would like to know if they have them in the same dirty and rat infested cell they have reserved for honorable members of the opposition for committing absolutely no crime.

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  26. Man bite dogs
    April 20, 2023

    I am not at all surprised what is happening in Dominica today ugly Lenny, set up the goal now Thompson, is in combat training south Sudan, now we have US national and family bring guns and ammunitions to mahaut, some months ago it was someone from Coulibistre, with her American man with guns and ammunitions right now as I speak Dominica has more guns than people, watch this space ”
    While Government and authorities stand by watching the soup boil over on the fire.

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  27. Toto
    April 20, 2023

    Pray, let the police do what they supposed to do for once and I do not want to pick sides. Have one question though. Who needs full M16 magazines that are intended for a US armed forces assault rifle, not to mention the point 20 ammo, presumably for a maller caliber hand gun. Where are the guns?

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    • Bert
      April 20, 2023

      What I was thinking. Where are the guns for all that ammo?

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  28. Lin clown
    April 20, 2023

    Today the media whore on q95 tried with his uneducated,lying and lack of understanding,high level of stupidity to take Curtis Mathew to the cleaners.Curtis Mathew said according to the police NO GUNS were found in the container.The media whore went on his propaganda radio station,giving his Jacka supporters the impression Curtis was lying.The whore was so idiotic,so malicious,so full of propaganda so full of lies and fake news,that he deliberately and calculatedly gave his supporters the impression that the gun was found in the container and not at Grogg’s home.It was only after somebody told the whore Curtis was right that he changed his lying story.The same thing Curtis said,was the samething Insp.Henderson admitted No guns were found in the container.No wonder the whore said there were 4 branches of government and broadcasting is one.Typical UWP,crooks,traitors and liars.(awaiting moderation)

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    • John
      April 22, 2023

      I see that there are many thoughts going on here and I also see that none of you know this individual. Well I do know him personally. I do not know why he had these items but I do know that they were not and are not for evil intentions. I believe that he is like many Americans and loves guns and also going to an unfamiliar country would want to protect his family from other unknown threats. I guarantee that whatever he says to you whether good or bad will be true. As you know there are many ideas of what a Christian is and Jason and his wife (cannot speak for his children) are genuine believers in the Holy Bible and all that it stands for . If there is any evil going on here it is mostly misunderstanding and differences in cultures . They were exited to be able to have an opportunity to be missionaries and serve God by working in a foreign country eith a Christian organization which now doesnt sound to me to be that .

  29. Marcus
    April 20, 2023

    And the next thing you know, there’s a US style gun massacre here. Dominica should hand him over to the US DEA and ban him from ever returning to Dominica. There’s no need to give him any kind of platform here. Get rid.

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    • Man bite dogs
      April 20, 2023

      Marcus, you talking bulls**t if it was a black man you would saying hang the b*****d now because it is a white man give him a slap on the wrist and send him to mama is that it? “You and some Dominicans must be out of you all cotton picking minds,” I used that expression because I know some of you lots are very racist towards each other.

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