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Mar 12, 2009

Recent grenade may have come from Mexico

Story PictureWhile at Price Barracks, News Five also spoke to Minister of National Security, Carlos Perdomo, about the most recent grenade attack targeted at the Comptroller of Customs, Gregory Gibson. Perdomo says that there are no significant leads as yet but the investigations continue and the grenade might have come from a spill over from violent confrontations between drug cartels and law enforcement officials in Mexico.

Carlos Perdomo, Minister of National Security
“The police Department and the C.I.B. and Special Branch are all in a very deep investigation. They have a few clues and lots of help from the public but we haven’t been able to identify positively the person that was involved or the vehicle that was described. But it is very threatening and worrisome when it is an attack on a senior civil servant that’s doing his job.”

Delahnie Bain
“The increase in these attacks is really starting to scare the people. Is the ministry working on any measures to handle or combat these crimes?”

Carlos Perdomo
“Well, like every other police issue, we’re always out there being vigilant. It is a very difficult task but I think you are right; there is an increase; something I said today could be a clue to that. There is a very active international drug trade going all through Central America, the Caribbean heading to Mexico. As you know as a news person, there is almost a civil war type thing going on in northern Mexico where there is armed confrontation between drug cartels and the military and the police. Sometimes there are spill-overs of these types of things into neighbouring countries so it is possible—but we’re not absolutely sure—that the United States, Belize and Guatemala, could have spill-overs of this type of thing, especially in the type of arms that they use and the offensive weapons that they have.”

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