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Sep 26, 2003

Cash for Guns called a success

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After three weeks of operation, officials of the Cash for Information programme have reported solid success. Twenty-two guns have been seized as a result of phone tips and nineteen persons arrested. Over two thousand, six hundred dollars has been paid to informants who called the 922 hotline. According to C.E.O. in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Alan Usher, the initiative is here to stay.

Alan Usher, C.E.O., Ministry of Home Affairs

“This programme to get guns off the street will continue and it will continue indefinitely into the future. As we have seen in other countries…across the water in Jamaica it has been running for some time now and it is quite successful.”

Jose Carmen Zetina, Commissioner of Police

“The fight against these illegal firearms is being carried out as I speak in Belize City and countrywide. The police are not only waiting for this information to come through the programme, they are on their own initiative going against people or suspects that have illegal firearms. And I am very optimistic that this programme is going to work. The only thing it takes is the will of the people to help us in getting or confiscating these illegal firearms on the street.”

New stiffer penalties for possession of unlicensed firearms will be legislated in the near future.

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