Alleged Hanover gangster arrested, firearm seized
The relentless drive by the Hanover police to rid the parish of notorious gangsters was met with more success on Saturday as a man said to be a member of the One Voice gang was arrested and a loaded firearm seized during a police operation.
According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sharon Beeput, the commanding officer for the Hanover Police Division, the alleged gangster, who was on the police's radar, was pulled over at a vehicle check point, and, when searched, found to have a 9mm pistol with seven rounds of ammunition.
"We are carrying out some additional investigations, so we are holding back on releasing his name at this time, but there is no question that he will be charged," said Beeput.
Since the death of the gang's main enforcer, Shernado 'Blacks' Leslie, who was killed in a confrontation with the police in Green Island, Hanover, on June 23, the One Voice gang has been under intense pressure. To date, three prominent members have been arrested and an M16 assault rifle seized.
"We are finally getting some real success ... but we are not letting up until we have all the troublemakers behind bars," said Beeput.
"I know we have other gangsters out there with firearms, but they cannot be comfortable because they know we are coming to get them."
... Hanover has done quite well,
but some way to go, says Beeput
After a dismal start to the year, which saw Hanover recording a triple murder and a string of double murders to be ahead of all police divisions in murders after the first six weeks in the year, Beeput was sent to the parish with a mandate to rein in the carnage.
"When I came here, I was determined to do all I could to get the crime under control... . I had worked in this parish before, and I know that the vast majority of the people are decent law-abiding citizens who want to live a peaceful life," said Beeput.
"While we still have some way to go, I believe we have done quite well over the past two months."
The removal of Leslie from the criminal landscape is considered a major feather in the cap of the Hanover police as he had been fingered in some 15 murders before his demise.
His victims included a female relative, who was one of the persons killed in a brutal quadruple murder in Mt Pleasant.
"Hanover is finally seeing some peace, and we must praise the efforts of the police, especially their woman boss (Beeput),"said Maureen Barnes, a resident of Mt Pleasant.
"We are now able to move around without fear for the first time in many months."