Acting Commanding Officer in charge of the Belize Police Department’s Eastern Division / Assistant Commissioner, Edward Broaster has released a statement claiming that on Monday, August 7th, 2017 at around 10:00 PM, members of the Mobile Interdiction Team (MIT) intercepted a Ford Explorer near Mile 56 in Ontario Village.
Within the vehicle were four people, one of them being a Constable of the Belize Police Department, Franklin Ramirez.
Members of the MIT claim that when the vehicle was stopped, the driver, PC Ramirez, along with the three other passengers seemed to be acting suspicious so they were escorted to the Police Training School in Belmopan where a search was conducted on the vehicle.
During the search, a .9mm Winchester brand pistol along with three magazines was found hidden in a secret compartment in the dashboard of the vehicle near the glove compartment.
The weapon is unlicensed and believed to have been smuggled in from Guatemala as Police Officers report to be experiencing a sudden increase in the findings of unlicensed weapons in both public and private motor vehicles within the past few months including a shotgun that was recently found on a passenger bus coming from the Cayo District.
Police Constable, Franklin Ramirez who was driving the vehicle along with the three passengers, John Piñeda, Trevor Dean Brown and Elorey Graham were arrested and arraigned on Tuesday, August 8th in the Belmopan Magistrate Court for various firearm related charges and have been remanded to the Belize Central Prison.
Police Constable, Franklin Ramirez will also be facing disciplinary charges from the Belize Police Department.