Just a month before the first round of presidential elections, on Thursday, the Haitian National Police announced the seizure of a large illegal shipment of weapons, ammunitions and military equipments in the port of Saint Marc in the Northwest Department.
Some 117 guns of many sizes, 116 boxes of ammunitions or 30,000 cartridges, 15 handcuffs, military uniforms, boots, cell phone chargers and other gears in a truck from Miami.
An investigation was immediately launched by the Secretary of State for Public Security Himeler Rebu, in order to determine the sender of the truck from Miami and its receiver in Haiti.
Many, including the Secretary of State for Public Security, fear that the proximity of this discovery with the upcoming elections could mean a potential well-organized, international ring to commit terrorist attacks during the redone-presidential election; first one held October of last year was canceled because of widespread fraud allegations.
"It is not to go to a ball that a man brings 30.000 cartridges with automatic weapons in a country."said Himeler Rebu
In a note issued by the Embassy of the United States in Port-au-Prince shortly after the announcement, "The United States will continue to work with US and Haitian authorities to prosecute criminals involved in this case and fight trafficking of illegal weapons in Haiti. "