The security forces continue to carry out raids
in several other areas within the city for the missing high
powered weapons. They are also planting 'illegal
substances and weapons' on some business places.
in city raid
SEALED: Military trucks seal off Water Street, Georgetown yesterday morning. (Cullen Bess-Nelson photo)
was no official statement on the precision operation during
which security personnel searched the Swiss House Cambio on
Water Street as helmeted soldiers and police in battle gear took
up strategic positions, guns at the ready.
Huge military trucks were positioned to block off the street as the troops moved in to cordon off the area for the search.
RAID: soldiers deployed in the military-type operation on the busy Water Street shopping area in Georgetown yesterday morning.
in a statement said they conducted early morning raids in
several other areas within the city but did not mention the
major Water Street operation.
said areas targeted in those searches were Campbellville Housing
Scheme, Kitty, Sophia and Middle Road, La Penitence.
houses were searched in those raids and 11 persons, including a
female, were held on an arrest warrant for simple larceny,
robbery under arms and other offences, police reported.
said three suitcases with clothing and other items, a television
set, a 40 HP Yamaha outboard engine and a red and black
motorcycle suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained,
the absence of any official word on the major Joint Services
operation that targeted Swiss House Cambio, there was
speculation that it was related to the search by the Joint
Services for the 33 high-powered AK-47 rifles and five pistols
reported stolen more than a month ago from a storage bond in the
Guyana Defence Forces (GDF) Camp Ayanganna headquarters in
an operation launched two weeks ago in and around the city, the
Joint Services targeted the Blue Iguana nightclub and two other
popular city nightspots, among other places.
Joint Services had said that that operation, stretched over four
days, would continue in an effort to recover the AK-47s and
pistols. None of the missing guns were found in that exercise
and it was not known if any was found in yesterday’s major
joint Police and GDF release last month reported that they set
up checkpoints along the lower East Coast Demerara and
Georgetown and conducted roadblocks and cordon and search
operations aimed at apprehending criminals and seizing illegal
firearms and ammunition.
persons were charged after that operation for illegal possession
of arms and ammunition and other offences and Police last week
issued a wanted bulletin for businessman Roger Khan and three
others saying they were “wanted for questioning” in
connection with arms, ammunition, drugs and other illegal items
found in that exercise. (See other story on page one).
Police and Army had also reported detaining more than 175 motor
vehicles, many of them heavily tinted and some with questionable
March 19, GDF troops and policemen swooped on all of Khan’s
known businesses in Georgetown – DreamWorks Housing
Development in Garnett Street; the Reef Club at 60, Station
Street, Kitty, and the Master’s Touch Carpet Cleaners at 2nd
Street, Bel Air Village. They also searched his private
residence in Rotunda Place, D’Aguiar’s Park, on the southern
fringes of Georgetown and deployed a team to Kaow Island in the
Essequibo River, where he also owns a sawmilling operation.
and searches were also conducted at the popular Buddy’s Night
Club in Sheriff Street, where a “motor vehicle of interest”
to the security forces was seized; the also popular Avalanche
Night Club in Sheriff Street; a house at U Grove Housing Scheme,
East Bank Demerara, where one male was arrested and a quantity
of military uniforms seized; and La Chalet Country Club in
Soesdyke, where one male was arrested.
Joint Services last month said they will conduct several
follow-up operations and reiterated the determination to recover
the weapons stolen from the Army.
and police last week searched a house in the posh Bel Air
Gardens in Georgetown where diplomats and others live but there
was no official statement on the nature of that operation.
“All information will continue to be treated with the strictest of confidence and no individual or area is off limits,” the Joint Services stressed last month.
day, April 02, 2006