Chinese businessman remanded to prison for excess bullets Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 March 2012 00:00

Ming Pei ChenOn Monday March 19th, 2012 businessman, Ming Pei Chen, 28, a resident of the Lord’s Bank area, was remanded to prison after being busted with 6 rounds in excess of what his gun license allows. Ming appeared in Court #1 before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith where he was read a single charge of keeping a greater number of ammunitions without a license.  Chen, who speaks little English, was provided with a translator.  When the charge was read to him in his language, Chen pleaded not guilty to the charge. Due to the nature of the offense, Chen was denied bail and remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until April 25.After he was told that he was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison, Ming Chen was informed of his right to apply for bail at the Supreme Court with the assistance of an attorney.

Chen was arrested after a search of his home located at the junction of the Lord’s Bank Road with the Northern Highway on Saturday, March 17. Inside a room of the house the police’s Gang Suppression Unit found a box of ammunitions for a .223 rifle which contain a total of 106 rounds, 6 more in excess of what is specific on his gun license.   Ming Pei Chen is the owner of Happy Hour, Honey Bees and the most recently a gas station named 24/7 Gas Station which was recently open in the Village of Ladyville.

Ming Pei Chen has a license for a gun but the gun license says that he is to have only 100 bullets at any given time.  A rifle owner can only have 100 bullets at one time, for a pistol the maximum is 75 bullets and for a shot gun its 50 rounds.