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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Ex-Army officer detained

SOLDIERS in front of the house in South Ruimveldt, Georgetown from where they detained ex-Army officer Oliver Hinckson, and James Gibson, both of whom were wanted for questioning in the disappearance of high-powered weapons from Army headquarters.

WANTED EX-ARMY officer Oliver Hinckson and another man, James Gibson, were detained yesterday by the Joint Services as the hunt continued for the 30 AK-47 rifles discovered missing from Army headquarters, Camp Ayanganna early this year.

The Joint Services said a .38 pistol and 12 matching rounds, along with 27 12-gauge shotgun cartridges were found in the 115 Aubrey Barker, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown house they were holed up in.
Their arrests came as the Joint Services searched private homes in the housing schemes of embattled businessman Roger Khan, who is wanted by the United States on charges he trafficked cocaine into that country.

The Army’s Military Criminal Investigation Department had issued wanted bulletins for Hinckson and Gibson in March and they were arrested at 115 Aubrey Barker Road, South Ruimveldt yesterday afternoon.

They were among nine persons the Joint Services held for questioning yesterday after conducting a series of operations in which several items were seized, including arms and ammunition, vehicles, a boat, a computer and a small safe.

Yesterday’s operations began in the early hours of the morning with a cordon and search at Khan’s Hibiscus Place housing scheme, Blankenburg, West Coast Demerara. At the scheme four persons were detained and a computer and a private motor car seized, the Joint Services stated in a press release.

Following leads the operation moved to Khan’s Dream Works Housing Development at Farm, East Bank Demerara. At that location two persons were detained, and a 17-foot go fast boat, a canter truck, and a small safe were seized, the Joint Services said.

Shortly thereafter a search was conducted at the house Hinckson and Gibson were in, leading to their arrests.

One person was also detained at 35 Guyhoc Park, Greater Georgetown, the Joint Services stated.

The Joint Services expressed its gratitude to members of the public who have provided “invaluable” information in its pursuit of persons for whom wanted bulletins have been issued.

Guyana Chronicle