Health employee busted with guns, ammo & over $4.5M in cash; tried to bribe police

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An employee of the Ministry of Health, who is stationed at the bond at Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was nabbed with two pistols, ammunition and over $4.5 million in cash.

Police headquarters, in a statement, reported that officers visited the bond on Monday to investigate a simple larceny report.

In that process, the officers searched a motorcar (PAB 3032), owned by one of the male suspects.

During the search, one opened duffel bag was found in the seat.

The bag contained: a nine millimetres (mm) Luger pistol without magazine and two rounds of 9MM ammunition; a .380 pistol with a magazine containing seven matching rounds of ammunition and a large quantity of cash.

An additional 20 rounds of .380 ammunition were found in the bag’s side pocket.

With the find, the vehicle owner was cautioned of the offence committed. Police Headquarters, however, reported that the man said: “Officer leh we deal with this before it reach de station.”

Consequently, a sting operation was undertaken and the man was arrested along with the other employees of the state entity.

They were all taken to the Golden Grove Police Station where they were placed into custody pending further investigations.

At the station, while being questioned about the arms and ammunition found, the motorcar owner reportedly requested his bag, withdrew a sum of $1.7 million and offered it to the investigators if they forgo the charges against him.

Subsequently, the man was informed of an additional offence committed: Corrupt Transaction with Agent; he was then cautioned in accordance with the Judge’s Rules.

It was, however, reported that the man said, “Well sir, tek de whole bag a money, all I want is me freedom.”

A total of $4.58 million in cash was found on the man; it included US$5,760. The sum alongside the firearms and ammunition were lodged.

The man is in police custody pending further investigations. It was also reported that the simple larceny investigation at the bond continues.

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