Police nabbed two men on Sunday at a roadblock near the
Providence police station with a cache of high-powered
rifles and ammunition.
The seizure was reminiscent of a find two years ago at
Good Hope, East Coast Demerara.
The men were arrested in a black Tacoma pick-up, PHH
7515, which was up to yesterday parked in the Criminal
Investigations Department compound at Eve Leary.
Reports reaching this newspaper state that ranks at the
Providence Police Station on Sunday afternoon got a tip off
that the vehicle was heading to Georgetown from Timehri and
a roadblock was set up in front of the station.
However, a release from the Police Public Relations
Office said police became suspicious of the vehicle because
it bore no front number-plate while proceeding through the
The release added the two men were arrested in a Tacoma
4x4 jeep at about 2.50 pm following the discovery of a
quantity of arms and ammunition along with several cellular
The items seized are: one .45 Glock pistol with magazine
and ten matching rounds; one .32 Taurus Pistol with magazine
and 14 rounds matching ammunition; one AK 47 Assault rifle
with removed butt with magazine and 29 7.62 ammunition; one
Chinese AK 47 assault rifle with magazine and 29 7.62
rounds; one magazine containing 25 7.62 rounds; four
cellular phones and two satellite phones.
Stabroek News was told that several vehicles were
searched before the black pick-up arrived, all of its
windows closed. Reports are that the men have since
disclaimed knowledge of the arms and ammunition, telling the
police that the vehicle is not theirs and that they were
only transporting it to its rightful owner. It is not clear
who is the real owner of the vehicle, which bore a close
resemblance to the one that was found on December 3, 2002 at
On that evening, Shaheed Khan, Haroon Yahya and
policeman, Sean Belfield were detained by an army patrol at
the Good Hope Housing Scheme, where they were alleged to
have been found with a large stockpile of arms and
ammunition. The men were subsequently charged but later
acquitted after Principal Magistrate, Jerrick Stephney had
upheld a no-case submission on their behalf. They allegedly
had in their possession: two M-70 assault rifles fitted with
telescopic lenses, a 12-gauge pump-action rifle, a Uzi
submachine gun, two Glock pistols as well as other handguns,
a laptop computer capable of intercepting cellular calls and
a plan of the city, two bulletproof vests, two camouflage
caps and two helmets as well as a large quantity of
ammunition of varying calibre. The pick-up, a Tacoma, was
fitted with half-inch thick bulletproof windows.