The Customs and Border Control Service announces that on Tuesday, 15th August 2023, three (3) unlicensed firearms, over one hundred (100) rounds of ammunition were intercepted, along with a quantity of cannabis and cannabis products which were being imported through a Courier company.
Two Caymanian males were arrested in connection with the importation of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and are currently in custody as the investigation progresses. The three (3) firearms are 9mm handguns.
CBC Director Charles Clifford said, “This is a significant interception and I commend our CBC officers for their diligence and focus on their tasks. They are our frontline heroes.” He continued, “We are concerned at the amount of drugs, in various forms, and other contraband that we continue to seize at our various control points. The recent seizure of these three firearms and ammunition along with the associated arrests validates our intelligence-led risk management methodology.”
Senior Deputy Director Bruce Smith who heads up CBC’s Intelligence, Investigations and Sister Islands Portfolio also commended the officers on the interception of the firearms and ammunition. Mr. Smith said, “Our Investigations Section will now conduct a robust investigation which will support criminal charges against the perpetrators.” Mr. Smith added, “This is now a joint investigation with our partners at the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) and we will go where the evidence leads us”.