Published 21st November 2008, 4:45pm
Customs officers seized a significant amount of weapons and ammunition and made an arrest, as part of its continued border-control operations. The weapons were concealed in imported freight. Following the discovery, a combined effort by the Royal Cayman Islands Police and the Customs Narcotic Enforcement Team (C/NET) resulted in a Caymanian male, Michael Ebanks, being arrested and charged for the importation of five firearms, a number of ammunition clips and a large quantity of ammunition. Investigation into this matter continues. Events, leading up to the arrest, began on Wednesday, 12th November. A refrigerator arriving by sea freight from Miami was selected for inspection by C/NET after officers became suspicious of the documentation. The following day an initial search of the refrigerator was conducted by a Customs K-9 at the Cargo Distribution Center. The dog, trained to detect firearms, ammunition and controlled drugs, alerted its handler to the refrigerator doors. A thorough search, during which the front panels of the refrigerator doors were removed, led to the discovery of the firearms and ammunition. Assistant Collector of Customs Trevor Williams applauded the efforts of the officers involved, and recognized the continuing excellent working relationship between the Police and Customs.