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Apr 8, 2019

Belizean Law Enforcement Detained in Guatemala for Firearm Offences

A Belizean police officer and a member of the Coast Guard are two of four men who remain in detention in Livingston, Guatemala. The four Belizeans: thirty-three-year-old police officer, Fabian Laurie, twenty-five-year-old Coast Guard officer Pedro Colomer, thirty-four-year-old Kevin Edwin Hernandez, and twenty-eight-year-old Jerille Jerome Laurie were detained on Saturday night. The National Civil Police reports that the men caused a ruckus at a hotel while under the influence of alcohol.  According to the article, they were in possession of a twelve-gauge shotgun with three live rounds, a Smith and Wesson pistol, and sixty-nine rounds of ammunition. The men were not able to produce a license for the firearms and ammunition and as such were arrested. The Minister of National Security here at home says that the government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is working to ensure that the rights of the detained Belizeans are preserved and that they have access to legal counsel. The ministry, via press release, confirmed the incident, stating that the men were arrested and charged for possession of firearms and ammunition without a license. While it is unclear what the men were doing in Livingston, the Ministry of National Security stresses that the two officers were not on official duties. During this morning’s weekly police press briefing, ACP Joseph Myvett says that the law enforcement officers are facing disciplinary actions at home.

 

Reporter

“Were they in any type of official business?”

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Not that we know about. PC Laurie, last working day was Thursday. That was when he was last seen at work.”

 

Duane Moody

“He is attached to which formation?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“To Placencia Police South Formation.”

 

Reporter

“Will you be able to share particularly because these gentlemen were across the border and because they are police officers, do we foresee if they will face any disciplinary actions in the Department?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Well indeed because you cannot leave the country without permission being a law enforcement officer. That is one of the policies that you must seek permission before leaving the country.”

 

Reporter

“And is he known to have any license firearm that matches the description?”

 

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“None. That has already been checked too and he is not a holder of any license firearm.”

 

They say that all four men were transferred to the main prison in Puerto Barrios where they are awaiting trial. The government says that it is closely following the developments through its counterparts in Guatemala and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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