Police Celebrate Major Bust of Guns and Drugs Connected to PIV Gang

Police Celebrate Major Bust of Guns and Drugs Connected to PIV Gang

Tonight, the Belize Police Department is celebrating a major bust of high-powered rifles and a substantial amount of drugs. Yesterday, police received information of a wanted gang member hiding out on an island off the coast of Belize City. Officers mobilized and searched the island resulting in the discovery of guns, cannabis, and cocaine, which are believed to be connected to the PIV gang. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams provided additional details at a press briefing late this evening. 

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs: “Just yesterday there was a major bust on a caye off the coast of Belize City some eight miles out where some of these individuals from PIV were located and the police were able to confiscate and to find a very high powered rifle now off the streets in addition to two kilos of suspected cocaine and a substantial amount of cannabis. And so that was a huge bust in the thousands of dollars but certainly we have those individuals responsible and the police have now brought them into custody.”

Reporter: What does this say about this particular gang and is it that they’re becoming more organized ?
Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs:“We are hell bent on breaking up any sort of gang growth. As you know a few years ago under the guidance and leadership of Mr.Dawson we implemented the Leadership Intervention Unit to steer former gang members away from that life of gangs but if it is that you want to continue in that lifestyle the police department has to be equally vigilant, equally aggressive to break up this sort of criminal activity and I’m again very proud of the actions taken yesterday and the find yesterday and that will certainly play a big role in crippling the hand of PIV.”

Williams added that the police believe that the gang has more guns. He says that the police will be cracking down on the group and sending several of the men to prison. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “We went and conducted searches on two other islands which we believed the PIV gang members have some connection to and on one of those islands we found one M4 Carbine Rifle, one assault 5.7 caliber rifle, one 22 rifle, one .40 caliber handgun and one 9mm handgun so a total of five firearms were found three of which are rifles and two handguns. No one was on that island and so those items will be deposited as found property. Police continue to do a number of searches in areas that we believe PIV gang or any other gang from the city have some connection to with a view to see if we can unearth their tools of trade as well as to see if we can find some of them who are still wanted under the SOE. I am not going to be naive to think that this is all the firepower that they have. We still believe that they have additional firepower and that’s the reason why we had gone on to other islands that we believe that they may have some items concealed. We will continue to work and develop our information and certainly we will go after them and see what else we can retrieve. I am certain that they do have more.”

Police have since arrested and charged 41-year-old Edwin “Drive” Flowers, 32-year-old Kenyon Domingez, and LIU worker 25-year-old Gaston Barrow for the guns and ammunition.

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