Taxi man and three passengers found with firearm and ammunition Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:00

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, a taxi man and his three passengers were brought before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to be read two firearm related charges. They were charged with kept unlicensed firearm and kept unlicensed ammunition without being granted a gun license. Initially, only the taxi man, Clive Smith, and two of his passengers appeared in court. The third passenger, Aaron Flowers, allegedly escaped police custody and had to be picked up by police from his home. At arraignment, all four pleaded not guilty.

While conducting a mobile patrol on Arlington Drive, Belize City on May 3, 2017, police searched a blue Dodge Caravan taxi. The search led to the discovery of a .38 special revolver containing 5 live rounds of GFL ammunition under the driver’s seat. Police asked the men if any of them was a holder of a gun license. None of them was and they were detained and charged.

In relation to the incident, Kendale Green, a 23-year-old labourer of Antelope Street Extension, Belize City, Elwin Pollard, a 20-year-old labourer of North Creek, Aaron Flowers, a 22-year-old tour guide of Lord’s Bank Road, and Clive Smith, a 57-year-old taxi driver of Neal’s Pen Road, were formally arrested and charged. Before Fraser, Flowers claimed he never escaped police custody. Police have not yet charged him with escape. He said that while it detention, he was taken out of custody by police and a deal was made with him. He told the police that he would hand over a gun to be released of his present charge. After he made a call and handed over a gun, Flowers claims that police took him to his cousin’s house and he was released of the charge against him. He claims that he was picked up on May 4 to be charged with the other men because he could not hand over another firearm to the police.

Given all this, the three passengers were denied bail because of the nature of the offenses. They were remanded to the Belize Central Prison until June 1, 2017. Smith, the driver, was granted bail by Supreme Court Judge Madam Antionette Moore on May 5. Bail was set at a total of $6000, two sureties of $3000 each. Smith remains behind bars as his family was unable to make it to court to process his bail.