Montego Bay, St. James (Mckoy’s News) – Police Warn Against Guns on Planes: The Police are extremely concerned with the number of foreign nationals who are trying to get past security at our local ports and board aeroplanes with firearms and ammunition.
The concern has been raised against the background of three incidents which occurred last week. During the first incident, a United States national was arrested and charged following the seizure of a firearm, two magazines and several rounds of ammunition at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James on Tuesday, June 20.
Thirty-six-year-old Royce Isaac, general manager of Field Hallow Drive, Pearland, Texas pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of firearm and ammunition and was fined 100,000 JMD or 12 months imprisonment on Thursday, June 17.
On Wednesday, June 21, two United States nationals were arrested and charged following the seizure of a magazine containing eleven 9 mm rounds of ammunition at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James. Both persons were charged.
On Thursday, June 22, charges were dropped against one person while the other, 53-year-old Desmond Bennett was fined 70,000 JMD or 12 months in prison.
The third incident occurred on Friday, June 23 and involved a Belizean national who was arrested and charged with breaches of section 16D of the Civil Aviation Act after one .223 round of ammunition was discovered in his luggage at the NMIA in Kingston.
He is 24-year-old Zacehery Hart, a businessman of Belize City, Hart who was attempting to board an outgoing flight to Miami, Florida when the discovery was made.
He is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Court on Wednesday, June 28.
“International regulations do not permit citizens to carry firearms on aircraft and in the exceptional cases where persons are allowed, they are governed by strict guidelines. Packing your suitcases are your responsibility and you will be charged for items which breach the Civil Aviation Act and international guidelines,” warned ACP Assan Thompson, head of the Border Security Branch.