Police in Barbados say they have arrested a man who had a concealed firearm in his luggage and was heading to Dominica.
Media reports indicate the incident happened on December 16 and the man, who was identified as Malachi Maliki Haile Mugabe, was carrying a St. Kitts and Nevis Passport.
According to reports Mugabe arrived in Barbados by air from Trinidad at about 11:20 am. Customs discovered the contraband in a false bottom of Mugabe’s luggage while it was being scanned.
He was handed over to the police.
He was charged with committing the following offences: Illegal Possession of a firearm; Illegal Possession with 59 rounds of ammunition; Importation of a firearm without a valid license; and Importation of ammunition without a valid license.
He appeared in a Magistrate Court on Monday (Dec, 17), and was remanded until January 14, 2013.
Barbados police PRO said Mugabe was en route to Dominica when he was arrested. “At the time that he was arrested he was the holder of a St. Kitts-Nevis passport. It lists his occupation as seaman and it would appear he travels quite frequently,” he told St Kitts Observer.
He said the Barbados police was doing “follow-up investigation” into the matter.