Crime — 17 December 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

Police confiscated two firearms, as well as ammunition and drugs, in separate incidents in the Cayo district.

Police in San Ignacio said that about 6:20 Friday evening, they were on an anti-drug operation, in Hillview, Santa Elena, when they searched a bushy lot, to look for weapons or drugs. The search yielded a 16-gauge shotgun. No one was in the area at the time of the search and no arrests were made in connection with the discovery. The gun was deposited as found property, and will be handed over for destruction.

Earlier that Friday morning, around 11:30, police found a 17-year-old young man in the possession of a gun loaded with 2 live rounds and a small quantity of ganja when they searched him in a store in San Ignacio. The boy has been remanded into custody. Police said that on Friday morning they were on mobile patrol on Flamingo Avenue, in San Ignacio, when they saw the young man walk into a store. They went into the store to see what was happening, and when the boy saw them, he quickly took out an object from under the waist of his pants and put it on the floor behind a shelf in the store. The object turned out to be a chrome 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol loaded with 2 rounds in a magazine with a 15-round capacity. Police quickly arrested him, and as he was being searched, he took out a bag from his pocket which contained marijuana and handed it over to police.

The teenager and the items were taken to the San Ignacio Police Station, where the cannabis was weighed and amounted to 7 grams. Police said that, in the presence of the young man’s aunt, the marijuana he had handed over to them was sealed in a white envelope and labeled as evidence. The boy was detained at the San Ignacio Police Station.

Also on Friday morning, Belmopan Police on mobile patrol searched two men who were sitting at a bus stop near Caves Branch on the Hummingbird Highway. One of the men was found with nine 16-guage shotgun cartridges. Both men were immediately taken into custody, and will be charged with keeping ammunition without a gun license at the conclusion of the investigation.

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