Police unearth large arms cache at Lethem
-M-70, M-16, grenades among arsenal
Police at the Guyana/Brazil border location of Lethem have heightened security in the community following the discovery of a large cache of arms and ammunition in a yard at Tabatinga, yesterday afternoon.
The cache, comprising M-70 and M-16 rifles with matching ammunition, among other items, could have comfortably equipped a gang to create havoc for law enforcement.
Police in a press release said that at about 15:00 hours yesterday, the police conducted a search on a residence at Tabatinga, Lethem, “where the following arms and ammunition and other articles were found: (a) Four automatic rifles (type yet to be confirmed) along with four magazines and 389 rounds 7.62×39 calibre ammunition; six M-16 rifles along with two magazines and 74 matching rounds; two Shrapnel hand grenades; one Icon VHF radio set; one Icon hand-held radio set; and one roll of camouflage material.”
According to the police, a man and a woman have been arrested and are in police custody assisting with the investigations.
Sources in Lethem have informed this newspaper that the weapons which were dug up from a spot in the yard were tightly wrapped in plastic.
One source said that the man in custody has told investigators that the items belonged to another man, who is the husband of the arrested woman, and who has since fled to neighbouring Brazil.
Investigators are trying to ascertain the purpose for the weapons, which they have since learnt were buried at the location two days ago.
According to one police officer who is close to the investigation, such a finding should serve as a vivid reminder of our recent experiences involving high-profile criminals who are now deceased.
“That cache, in the hands of 10 men with military experience, would amount to them having an arsenal and therefore it would create nightmares for law enforcement, particularly if they have any sort of criminal intent,” the officer opined.