Strike team takes grenade, firearms, drugs off the street

An Eastern Division strike team took multiple items off the street in operations conducted earlier this week.

The most dangerous was a M26 American high-explosive grenade found in an overgrown lot in the Fabers Road Extension area of Belize City, around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday. The green grenade was secured by the bomb expert from the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and Scenes of Crime Police while the area was cordoned off. But there was no one in the area and so it was labeled as found property. Police continue to investigate how the grenade got there. A similar American grenade was found in the Mayflower Street area on September 10, while a British grenade was found four days earlier not far away in the Banak Street area.

vlcsnap-2014-12-12-04h48m44s136About an hour and a half earlier the team were in the Neal Pen Road area and recovered a black plastic bag containing a rusted .380 Walther PPK pistol and magazine with four live rounds of ammunition. This too was recovered with no one in the immediate area and has been labeled as found property.

vlcsnap-2014-12-12-04h48m55s251On Tuesday night around 11:30, 32 year old Jose Fuentes of Gill Street was caught by police on Sibun Street attempting to get rid of a shiny object. He was stopped and taken back to the area where the object was dropped. When recovered it was found to be a chrome .38 special revolver with black pistol grip wrapped in transparent plastic and five live rounds of ammunition in the chambers.

Jose Fuentes has been arrested and charged with keeping unlicensed firearm and keeping unlicensed ammunition.

Earlier in the evening around 10:45 p.m., police searched a residence on Sarstoon Street and found a black plastic bag inside a transparent ziplock bag containing apparent cannabis in the rear fence, totaling 63.6 grams.

Seven persons were arrested and charged for drug trafficking: 29-year-old Asia Plunkett, 18-year-old Luke Mckenzie Jr, 30-year-old John Burke, a 17-year-old male student, 20-year-old Glenn Murillo, all of Sarstoon Street, 18-year-old Glenford Usher of Mahogany Street, and 24-year-old Monique Torres of Tibruce Street, Belize City.

The strike team was put into action earlier this year in the wake of a rash of crimes in Belize City.

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