Police take 4 guns in 4 hours, one family says they were tricked Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

Police from the Special Assignment Team (SAT) have removed 4 weapons and 37 rounds of ammunition off the streets over the weekend.

The first major seizure happened on Saturday night, September 23, at around 8:30. That’s when the SAT searched an alley off Lakeview Street, and they discovered a black plastic bag near a fence. Inside this bag, the officers found 14 live rounds of .38 ammunition, and an additional 22 rounds of Aguila brand ammunition. Nobody was present at the time of the search, and so they were deposited as found property.

On Sunday morning, September 24, at around 9:28, officers from the SAT searched an abandoned building at the corner of Mahogany Street and Sittee Street. They found another plastic bag which had a .38 special Smith and Wesson revolver in it, which had a wooden pistol grip. Nobody was around at the time of the search.

10 minutes later, at 9:38 a.m., officers from the SAT searched an abandoned lot on Sarstoon Street, and that’s where they found a .9mm pistol, a magazine, and a single live round .389 C.F.L brand ammunition.

At 10:45 a.m., the SAT searched an empty lot on Sarstoon Street, and that’s where they found a 12 gauge New Haven Mossberg shotgun, underneath some grass. No one was in the area at the time.

The final gun was found at 2:10 p.m. in the Lord Ridge Cemetery, under a tree, near a tomb. That’s where the officers from the SAT found a black plastic bag, which contained a Glock 9 mm pistol without a serial number, and one black magazine.

All these items were deposited as found property. The police found 4 guns in about 4 hours, and the Belize City Family of Shayanne Castro has complained to the media that the officers of Special Assignment Team made a deal with them to get these weapons, so that they wouldn’t charge her with drug trafficking. They found 12.028 kilograms - 26.6 pounds - of marijuana at Castro’s family home on Sarstoon Street. She has since been charged with drug trafficking, and her mother is outraged. She says the police were supposed to keep up their end of the bargain in the alleged negotiations that they would take the information on the guns in exchange for her going free.

The police are counter-alleging that persons acting on Shayanne Castro’s behalf attempted to pervert the course of justice. Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, the officer commanding Eastern Division South, responded via text to inquiries from the media saying, “The officer involved in that case did not at any time communicate with the attorney for the accused and did not enter into any negotiations with a view towards refraining from proceeding with charges. As to the other issue, we are in the process of putting together evidence which we think discloses an attempt to pervert the course of justice by persons acting on behalf of the defendant. We will be forwarding that evidence to the office of the DPP for advice.”