UPDATE: Police make major gun haul, arrest at Christ Church fete
A Christ Church man was expected to appear in court on drug-related charges, today Friday, following a major, late-night police exercise last night, Thursday, August 15.
Officers attached to the Royal Barbados Police Force’s Anti-gun and Gangs Unit, Tactical Response, Canine and Suppressing Criminal Activity Threatening Society Units along with other uniformed police officers, swooped down on an area known as “The Bogota Block” at Lodge Road, Christ Church where they say “an unauthorized fete” was being held.
As a result, five illegal firearms were seized along with 55 rounds of ammunition and 114 grammes of vegetable matter, suspected to be cannabis, with a street value of BB$570.
While no one was arrested for this discovery, 26-year-old Julian Renaldo Emmerson Nicholls of Montrose, also in Christ Church, was arrested after he was found with 71 grammes of cannabis with an estimated street value of BB$355.
He was to appear in the Oistins Magistrate’s Court, charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, Possession with Intent to Supply Cannabis and Trafficking of Cannabis.
Another man, who was held at the scene, is currently assisting police with investigations into some serious criminal matters.
Guns seized in Christ Church operation
Meantime, a video making rounds on social media is causing a stir across the country.
In it, a female officer from the Royal Barbados Police Force is seen attempting to take a female dressed in a black and white short dress into custody with the aid of her male colleagues as someone off-camera calls out for “Ashley”.
As officers attempted to bring the situation under control, another female asked someone to hold her bag and it is at that time a noise, believed to be a gunshot was heard.
An officer in uniform and wearing a bulletproof vest is then heard asking those surrounding them to get back and he is then seen removing his weapon from his side holster, holding it in his right hand and holstering it again.
The woman in the black and white dress is then taken away despite protests from those around.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Rodney Inniss said he had just seen the video in question but could provide no further details as to when it might have occurred and, that investigations would be carried out.
However, a police source told Loop News that the incident captured on video occurred during the same Bogata raid late on Thursday night.