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Jun 30, 2006

Homemade gun/AK47 confiscated in police raids

Story PictureFive people are in police custody tonight following the confiscation of several high powered weapons from the streets of Belize City. According to authorities, on Monday an anonymous tip led them to an area in St. Martin’s de Porres, where officers found an AK47 hidden in an abandoned lot. While no one was arrested in that incident, a police patrol on Linda Vista Street had better luck. They stopped two young men throwing an object away and after detaining the duo, recovered a nine millimetre handgun loaded with twelve rounds of ammo from the bushes. The men have been identified as twenty-two year old Melford August and nineteen year old Clifton Flores. Both have been charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Later this week, another patrol on Coney Drive saw three students acting strangely and when officers stopped and searched their schoolbags, instead of notebooks and calculators, they found a handmade gun constructed from metal tubing, wood and tape. The minors, aged sixteen, fourteen and twelve years old were immediately detained and have since been charged with keeping a prohibited firearm.

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