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‘Girl couriers’

Tim Slinger

‘Girl couriers’

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Party stand proprietor Chetwin Stewart believes young women are being used as couriers to sneak illegal drugs and firearms into places of entertainment.

His comments followed a police swoop on his Harbour Road, St Michael establishment early yesterday morning where they discovered four firearms and 22 rounds of ammunition, as well as several marijuana packages weighing in excess of one pound and 11 pairs of scissors.

The raid also netted an imitation gun, ski mask, two flick knives and camouflage pants, shirts and hats.

Lawmen also detained six juveniles between the ages of 13 and 14 years for not being under the supervision of a guardian or a parent.

Police public relations officer Inspector David Welch yesterday admonished holders and proprietors that they should provide adequate security to prevent such occurrences at public venues, noting that under the Drug Act and Places of Public Entertainment Act, charges could be brought against them.

But Stewart, a popular Crop Over bandleader, expressed surprise about the items found by the police dragnet that used sniffer dogs as they raided the venue around 1:30 a.m.

The owner of the Party Stand, which was hosting its final Crop Over Summer Jam fete for the season, said his security personnel used metal detectors and made patrons remove their shoes when entering the entertainment centre.

He however noted that while males were usually given a “thorough pat-down”, females were not subjected to such rigorous searches.

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