Crime

Supreme Court bail for cop and friends busted with stolen Guatemalan firearm

By Michelle Sutherland

Three people, including a police officer, who were accused of smuggling a stolen weapon into the country from Guatemala were granted bail by the Supreme Court last Friday.

Police Constable Franklin Ramirez, Trevor Brown and Elorey Graham were granted bail by Justice Herbert Lord for the sum of $6,000 dollars plus two sureties of $3,000 each.

The trio were set free under strict conditions that they are to report to the Racoon Street police station every Friday, attend all court adjournments, do not interfere with the prosecution witness and should present themselves at the Belmopan Supreme Court on November 9 for their next court hearing.

On Monday August 7, police say that the Mobile Interdiction Team stopped a white Ford Explorer allegedly driven at the time by Ramirez in Ontario village, Cayo.

A quick search of the vehicle did not uncover anything incriminating but the car, along with its occupants, were escorted to the Police Training Academy compound where a search inside a secret compartment led to the discovery of a .9mm pistol along with three magazines.

During a press briefing last week, ACP Edward Broaster suggested that the operation contained elements suggesting a cross border operation of weapon smuggling.

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