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Jun 25, 2012

Residents carrying illegal weapons taken to prison

Kareem Bennett

Two illegal firearms were taken off the streets on Sunday and so were the men carrying them. Thirty year Kareem Bennett and twenty-seven year old Chris Reynolds were both remanded to the Belize Central Prison after being charged for separate incidents. Bennett was arraigned in the court of Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart for Kept Firearm and Ammunition Without a Gun License; he pleaded not guilty to both charges. Police say that on Sunday Bennett was arrested at the corner of Graduate Crescent and Campus Avenue after officers on mobile patrol searched a car in which he was travelling with four other men. Nothing incriminating was found in the vehicle or on Bennett’s companions, but he allegedly had a nine millimeter Smith & Wesson pistol, loaded with six live rounds of ammo in his pants waist. He is to return to court on July twenty-fifth.


Chris Reynolds

Meanwhile, Reynolds was taken before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith and was also read charges of Kept Firearm and Ammunition without a Gun License.  He was reportedly caught with a nine millimeter pistol and eight live rounds of ammunition, but the details were not discussed in court today. Reynolds also pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until July twenty-sixth.

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8 Responses for “Residents carrying illegal weapons taken to prison”

  1. Storm says:

    We have harsh firearms laws — let’s enforce them to the maximum.


    Sentence: death.

    These people have ruined Belize and no smart person would argue otherwise.

  3. Uagadodo says:

    keeping unlicensed firearm shoud be the same as attempted murder…..why you want to carry a gun if not for shooting somebody?

  4. Good Man says:

    I know these guys. Wouldnt hurt a fly but sometimes you have to protect yourself from the ignorant fly that will hurt you. It could happen to anyone since we live in a gun town that makes it hard for you to protect yourself legally. The only reason you are seeing their face is b/c they didnt submit to the corruption within the police department. That’s where the real problem starts…

    And “MADDYVANDIJKDEREALISTO” sounds stupid with “sentence:death”. You sound uneducated if you would kill someone for carrying a gun. In that case half the world should be dead.

  5. Sasha says:

    Wouldn’t hurt a fly, then they should get it registered. you already have the gun,

  6. Breatheslow says:

    Belize may have harsh firearm laws but what happens when the people enforcing the laws are just as corrupt? What do you do in a town where you have to watch your back from regular psychos with guns and then uniformed psychos with guns? You have to protect yourself……………. In that type of environment I would treat a gun like a condom. I rather have it on me and not need it, than to need it and not have it on me… I know these dudes as well and I hope everything works out for them.

    Keep ya heads….Peace

  7. Good Man says:

    Easier said than done Sasha… All I’m saying is it can be me today and you or a love one tomorrow. The ropes in Belize are too tangled to be climbed without having to pay someone under the table. Some people are just trying to protect themselves.
    I’m just addressing these people who think that everyone up on the news is automatically guilty. It’s innocent until proven guilty and not the other way around. You guys are in too deep!

  8. Chenco says:

    I wonder how many rooms are still available in in Central Hott Hell (prison)

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