Residents carrying illegal weapons taken to prison
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.
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.