Police are now in pursuit of two suspects in connection to the guns and ammunition found at an abandoned mining camp on Saturday.
This is according to Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum, who indicated that the Police are tracking two individuals based on information they received. Blanhum related that these two suspects were named as the occupants of the said mining camp.
Police in Mazaruni discovered the two firearms and quantity of ammunition at an abandoned mining camp at Blackwater, Cuyuni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). A Police report stated that Police conducted a search of the abandoned mining camp and found two 9mm pistols along with 27 matching live rounds.
In recent months, there has been an upsurge in illegal weapons being found in possession of persons, particularly miners in the Region Seven area, for which a number of persons have been arrested.
On February 4, 2016, three men were arrested at Turtle Creek, Mazaruni, after they were found with an illegal .32 pistol with three matching rounds and a .38 revolver with three matching rounds. Then on February 11, a miner was arrested when an illegal firearm was found in a mining camp he was occupying. Also in February at Honey Camp, Issano, Police found an unlicensed shotgun along with two cartridges.
In March, a man was arrested and charged after he was found with an unlicensed 9mm pistol and seven matching rounds at Itaballi Checkpoint, Mazaruni. All of these persons have been placed before the courts for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.