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Feb 6, 2019

More Firearms are Taken Off the Streets

The Belize Police Department has taken a number of weapons off the streets in the last few days. Some of the weapons were found in abandoned lots and two were confiscated from persons who have since been charged for unlicensed firearm. Bart Jones, who is the legal advisor for the department, says one of the weapons found was a point twenty-two caliber along with a silencer.

 

Sr. Supt. Bart Jones, Legal Advisor, Belize Police Department

“Yesterday about eight p.m., members of the special patrol unit were on patrol on Jones Street where they conducted a search on a lot which led to the discovery of a .223 Ruger brand rifle along with a magazine and three .223 live rounds of ammunition. No one was in the area so that firearm was listed as found property. The second incident occurred earlier today where members of the anti-gang task force were on patrol on Diego Street in the St. Martin’s De Porres area where they observed two persons disposing what appeared to be firearms in an adjacent lot. The persons were stopped and the area where the items were thrown was searched and it led to the discovery of two firearms. One is a nine millimeter Ruger brand and the other is a nine millimeter Daewoo brand pistol. Two persons have since been detained pending charges.  The other incident about ten twenty this morning, the other officers discovered a point twenty eight revolver in an empty lot on Linda Vista street.  This goes to show that our efforts, not only in Belize City but across the country, targeting firearms, ammunition and incidents of drug trafficking – you will see that the focus is not just in Belize City but across the country where our efforts is targeting firearms particularly as we try to stem the murders across the country.”

 

Bart Jones

Reporter

“Do you all believe that these persons intended to use these firearms to commit a crime or had committed a crime recently – either of the two?”

 

Sr. Supt. Bart Jones

“We are not sure and we don’t want to speculate. However, as is standard practice, whether someone is detained or not in relation to for firearm discovery, what we do is send the firearm to the lab for ballistic testing. And we have had over the past where firearms would have been discovered and these firearms would link to shell casings found at different crime scenes.”

 

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