Crime — 17 January 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Three of four men who were pulled over by police during a search for four bandits who held up and robbed two women at their home in Orange Walk and escaped in their vehicle, have been remanded to the Belize Central Prison on charges of keeping a prohibited firearm and ammunition.

Jamal Tablada and Jareth Usher, both residents of Belize City, and a minor, 17, who was with them, were taken to the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Tuesday, where they were remanded to prison until March 18.

According to CTV 3 News, on Saturday night, police were on mobile patrol in response to a robbery that had occurred earlier Saturday evening in Orange Walk. They were on the Philip Goldson Highway in a search for the robbers, who had escaped in a vehicle belonging to the victims, when around 12:30 a.m. they saw an SUV parked. Police drove up to the vehicle and saw three persons in the vehicle, one of whom they recognized as a George Street gang member.

The fourth person, who had exited the vehicle, ran into the bushes.

The three persons were then taken out and the vehicle searched. Police found a loaded sawed-off 16- gauge shotgun in the vehicle, and five 5.56 mm live rounds were found in the pocket of one of the men. The three men were arrested and taken to the Orange Walk Police Station.

Police said that the fourth person is known to them and they are now searching for him.

This is not the first time that Tablada and Jareth Usher have been busted with firearms and ammunition. On August, 5, 2010, Ladyville police intercepted a car in which Tablada and Usher were traveling near the Airport junction with the Philip Goldson Highway.

When the car was searched, police found a Taurus 40mm pistol , which was loaded with 10 live 40 mm rounds, in Jareth Usher’s possession. Also, a Glock 9mm pistol loaded with 13 live rounds, and a machine gun, which was an H.K 91, loaded with (20) 7.62 rounds were found in the car.

Further searches inside the car resulted in the discovery of twenty-one 40 mm rounds and seven 7.62 rounds, 3 black shirts, 1 black mask, 1 pair of camouflage pants, 1 black cap, 4 pairs of transparent rubber gloves, one GPS, one compass and one cellular phone..

The two men were charged with keeping a prohibited firearm and keeping ammunition without a gun license. They were also charged with preparation for a crime, to commit murder. They were arraigned on the charges and remanded to prison until November, that same year, 2010, and they were offered bail of $10,000 each and were released.

However, the case against them fell apart after the driver of the car was murdered in his yard in September of the same year.

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