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Thursday, March 30, 2006
Wanted bulletin issued for Khan, three others
Stabroek News

Police yesterday issued a wanted bulletin for businessman Roger Khan and three others for questioning in connection with investigations into the discovery of guns, ammunition, drugs and other illegal items during a search on March 19.

The joint services conducted massive raids in George-town and in its environs over the weekend of March 18 and 19, in an attempt to recover the 33 AK 47s that disappeared from Camp Ayan-ganna. A number of businesses and buildings connected to businessman Khan had been searched.

The police release yesterday listed the wanted men as Paul Rodrigues, an ex-policeman whose address was given as 29 Dadanawa Street, Section 'K' Campbellville; Ricardo Rodrigues, of Bel Air Springs; Shaeed Khan also known as Roger Khan of 133 Rotunda Place D'Aguiar's Park, Houston and Gerald Pereira of 86 Lamaha Springs, Georgetown.

Following the raids the police had seized a number of illegal items from several locations and arrested a number of persons several of whom have already been placed before the courts. They had also issued a wanted bulletin for four men last Monday: Royston Peniston was arrested and placed before the courts, and Fredroy Willabus and Lloyd Roberts, who turned themselves in on Monday with their lawyers. Another man, Sheldon Chase, is yet to be arrested.

"Consequent upon a recent operation in Georgetown and its environs, the under-mentioned persons are wanted for questioning in connection with investigations into the discovery of firearms, ammunition, drugs and other illegal items found during a search on Sunday 19th March 2006," the brief release from the police said yesterday.

Attorney-at-law Glen Hanoman had told Stabroek News on Sunday that Pereira's home was searched early Sunday morning. Stabroek News understands that the man's wife was a policewoman and they have a home in the joint service's scheme at Lamaha Springs.

During last weekend's raids and the one before, two of Khan's reputed wives were arrested and a number of men associated with him were also hauled in for questioning.

Khan, through his lawyer Hanoman, had said the police and the army had "ulterior motives" for targeting his businesses and associates.

Meanwhile, Paul Rodrigues had been charged in 2004 following the discovery of a cache of arms and ammunition at the Master's Touch Carpeting location in Bel Air. He was charged along with Rawle Gulliver and Dennis Osbourne, but the case was subsequently dismissed.

A release from the police last Monday had listed the business places searched as the Blue Iguana located at Fifth and Light Streets, Alberttown; the Reef Club at 60 Station Street, Kitty; a five-storey building in Station Street, Kitty (an unfinished structure where three floors are being occupied); the Dream Works office in Garnett Street; the Master's Touch Carpeting business at Second Street, Bel Air Village; and a house at 133 Rotunda Place, D'Aguiar's Park, Houston. Additionally, a search team was deployed to Kaow Island in the Essequibo River.

During the searches a number of items were seized including seven handguns, two pellet guns, two pistol magazines with three live 9mm rounds, four heavily tinted vehicles, including an F 150 bullet-proof pick-up, seven hand-held radios, three mobile telephones, 41 small containers with cocaine and one Guyana passport. The release did not indicate at which places the items were found.

Searches were also conducted at houses in North-East La Penitence, 239 Pike Street, Kitty and 19 Bel Air Promenade, Prashad Nagar. In North East La Penitence and a quantity of live and blank ammunition, four AK-47 magazines and two cleaning kits were seized.

During the search at Pike Street two revolvers, one pistol and a quantity of ammunition were seized. It was at the house in Prashad Nagar that a quantity of police uniforms was discovered.

Cordon and searches were also conducted at Buddy's Night Club on Sheriff Street, where a motor vehicle of interest to the security forces was seized; the Avalanche Night Club in Sheriff Street; a house at 'U' Grove Housing Scheme, EBD where a quantity of military uniforms was seized; Lot 106 Ixora Avenue, Eccles, EBD, where a quantity of ammunition was discovered.