Highlights — 13 March 2015 — by Albert J. Ciego
Police charge 11 persons for 1 gun and 6 bullets

DANGRIGA, Thurs. Mar. 12, 2015–At about 4:30 Monday evening on Front Street in Dangriga, police stopped and searched a double-cab pickup from Belize City in which eleven persons – including four minors and a woman — from the Mayflower Street area of Belize City were traveling; some were in the pan of the vehicle.

They were all arrested after police found a .38 Special revolver loaded with 6 live rounds in the vehicle.

The group was taken to the Dangriga Police Station, where they were charged with gun and ammunition possession.

On Wednesday, the group was taken to the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court on charges of keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and they were all remanded until April 28. The adults were remanded to the Belize Central Prison, while the four minors were remanded to the Wagner Facility for youths at the Kolbe Foundation in the Belize Central Prison.

Charged were brought against six men — two of whom were twenty-years old, with the age of the others being 18, 19, 20, 31, and 34 — and a woman, 44, along with four male minors, one 15, two 16, and one 17.

The group had gone to Dangriga for the burial of their friend, Moses Gonguez, 36, who was buried at the Dangriga Town Cemetery that Monday.

Police said that after receiving intelligence that the group, which had travelled to Dangriga from the Ghost Town area of Belize City, had a gun onboard the vehicle in which they were traveling, they looked for the double cab pickup and found it loaded with people, traveling on Dangriga’s Front Street.

Police took the passengers out of the vehicle and searched it. They found a .38 Special revolver that was loaded with 6 live rounds.

Moses Gonguez was shot and killed in the Ghost Town area of Belize City on Wednesday night, March 4, the day of the municipal elections.

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