Do not take your gun on the plane!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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THE police yesterday warned foreigners that they will not be able to pass security at the nation's airports with their licensed firearms and ammunition.

The warning followed the recent arrest and charge of three individuals who attempted to pass security with their weapons after checking in for flights at both the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, and the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

In the first incident, a United States citizen was arrested following the seizure of a firearm, two magazines, and several rounds of ammunition at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James.

The American, 36-year-old Royce Isaac, a general manager of Field Hallow Drive, Pearland, Texas, USA pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of firearm and ammunition, and was fined $100,000 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 some 11

9mm rounds of ammunition at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James.

When they appeared in court on Thursday, June 22, charges were dropped against one person, while the other, 53-year-old Desmond Bennett, was fined $70,000 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 Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

The accused, 24-year-old Zacehery Hart, businessman of Belize City, Belize was attempting to board a flight to Miami, Florida when the discovery was made.

He is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.

“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,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Assan Thompson, head of the Border Security Branch, warned yesterday.

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