Cop, two other men held after weapons find in Buxton
June 16, 2003
Three men, including a Police Constable, were yesterday arrested by an army patrol in the Buxton/Friendship area shortly after noon when a search of their persons revealed two automatic pistols and 23 live rounds of ammunition.
The three men have been identified by the army as Police Constable Mark Cromwell, 21, who is attached to the Linden Police Station; Marlon Osborne also known as Marlon Scott and ‘Trini’, a 24-year-old mechanic of Buxton, and Marvin Sears, 22, of Vigilance, ECD, a mason.
An army statement last night said the trio was seen by a Guyana Defence Force patrol, which was part of the joint Army/Police Operation Saline Solution Two, acting in a suspicious manner while travelling in a black Honda Accord along the Railway Embankment in Buxton.
The patrol intercepted the car at the junction of Friendship Middle Walk and the Public Road where a search was conducted.
Sears was in possession of a 45 Smith and Wesson Automatic Pistol with eight matching live rounds, while Osborne was found with a nine millimeter (9mm) Sigsauer Automatic Pistol and 15 matching live rounds; the serial numbers of both pistols were filed off.
Cromwell was also searched but no weapon was found on his person. Documents found in the vehicle, PEE 7976, revealed that it was registered to Roger Khan of Thirst Park Housing Scheme.
The men, along with the vehicle, pistols and ammunition were taken to the Vigilance Police Station where investigations are continuing.
The army said that shortly after the trio was apprehended, a senior officer at Camp Buxton received a telephone call from an individual who claimed that he knew the three men and that they work-ed with him. The caller also stated that he was involved in another court issue.
He was advised by the senior officer to make all enquiries on the incident with the Police.
A second man, the army said, also called the senior officer by telephone and wanted to know what could be done about the men’s release. He too was told to further all enquiries to the Police who had “the monopoly for the legitimate use of force in dealing with internal criminal matters.”
On December 4, three men including another policeman Sean Belfield were held by the army at Good Hope on the East Coast of Demerara allegedly in possession of a large quantity of arms. That matter is now before the court. The other men held with Benfield were Roger Shaheed Khan and Haroon Yahya.