Detectives in Regional Police Division One (Barima-Waini) who were probing the alleged threatening behaviour committed on a 38-year-old shopkeeper of Baramita, North West District, were led to an unlicensed firearm by the 22-year-old suspect after he was taken into custody.
The incident occurred on Sunday last, Police say. It is alleged that Romel Alonzo, a pork-knocker, was taken to the Baramita Police Station on Monday, where he was questioned about his alleged threatening behaviour committed against the shopkeeper.
As a result of information divulged, the suspect along with several Police ranks went to a bushy area at Barama Line, where a small black bulky plastic bag was found on the ground.
The bag was retrieved, and when opened, cops said it contained a .32 pistol without a magazine. As such, the 22-year-old man was immediately escorted back to the Police station along with the firearm.
The suspect remains in custody as investigations continue.
Over the past few months, the Guyana Police Force along with the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) have been unearthing a number of firearms and ammunition. Only on Monday CANU announced that within the last four months they seized six firearms along with matching ammunition for five of them.
Among these illegal weapons seized was a shotgun. This is in comparison to no firearms seized in 2021.
For the first half of the year, CANU said they made a total of 14 seizures involving weapons, consisting of 13 firearms and one 1 crossbow. According to them, these seizures have made a positive impact on the Unit’s initiative in creating a safer country. (G9)