Nephew of gov’t minister detained with armour-piercing bullets

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Nephew of gov’t minister detained with armour-piercing bullets

A 31-year-old man, said to be the nephew of a government minister, was detained on Friday, after he was held with armour-piercing bullets.

The man was found in possession of 60 rounds of 5.56 calibre ammunition, which is used in high-powered assault rifles, including AK-47s.

The suspect was the front-seat passenger in a black Ford Ranger that was stopped by the police along the southbound lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway near Indian Trail overpass shortly before 2 pm, after they observed that he was not wearing a seat belt.

While the officers were speaking to the driver, the suspect opened the door and began to run.

The officers ran after him and held him about 30 feet away. In his pocket, the officers allegedly found the 60 rounds of ammunition.

The 34-year-old driver, who is from Point Fortin, also was arrested.

The suspects’ homes at Cap-de-Ville in Point in Fortin, and Claxton Bay were later searched by officers. At the latter’s address, officers allegedly found one AK-47 magazine, a silencer and a quantity of 9-millimetre ammunition.

Up to this morning, both men were still in custody.