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Jan 3, 2014

Reynaldo Verde released despite being found with unlicensed gun

Reynaldo Verde

Persons charged for illegal firearm offences are in the news on almost a daily basis. People are hauled away regularly for unlicensed guns or bullets found on them, in their homes, in their yards and even in close proximity. But our story tonight is different, with distinct Animal Farm undertones. There is a large measure of discontent within the rank and file of the Police Department tonight following the release of forty year old Reynaldo Verde, a senior supervisor of the General Sales Tax Department in Belize City. Multiple reports reaching our newsroom today indicate that Verde’s Rio Bravo Crescent home was searched by Police this morning and an unlicensed forearm was found in his yard. As dictated by the firearm offences act, Verde was allegedly arrested and escorted to the Raccoon Street Police Station, where he was charged for the unlicensed firearm. And that’s when we understand that the top brass of the Police Department got involved on Verde’s behalf. News Five has been reliably informed that senior officers intervened and tried to coerce arresting officers to let the charge, for lack of a better term, go away. Best information to us is that those officers resisted, since the charge sheet had already been written up. But that resistance was apparently fruitless. This evening News Five contacted the Raccoon Police Station at five o’clock, and we were told that Verde had been released, based on his statement that he saw someone enter his yard and put the firearm there. Interesting, isn’t it. We tried to reach senior officers for comment, but to no avail. We did reach one senior legal official who informed us that Verde’s release is extremely irregular, and that courtesy would not be afforded to anybody else found in that same situation. Verde was last in trouble with the law in April 2013, when he was arrested for shooting a man in San Pedro. That was his second firearm offense. In 2004 Verde was arrested for shooting another man in a nightclub in Belize City.  

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