Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2022. 1:50 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: According to police a criminal gang calling themselves the Jerusalem Bone Yard Crips (JBYC) are believed to be a major part of an upsurge in violent crime in Belize City and Police Commissioner Chester Williams says that the department is aggressively working to address the gang’s activities.
Williams says that the Intelligence Department of the police anti-gang unit GI3, has been actively investigating members of the gang and those investigations have led to charges being prepared for several of them.
“Last week they were prepared to charge 7 of these individuals for being a member of a gang, some of whom were caught, they were taken to court, they pled guilty and from what I am told, two persons were sentenced to six months in prison,” Williams said.
He lamented that six months is a relatively short time, but that it is a start. He noted that the anti-gang campaign extends beyond the JBYC and that all known criminal gangs in Belize City are being looked at by the GI3 with a view to arrest and charge.
“The GI3 investigation unit is currently compiling files on other gangs within Belize City and we’re hoping that very shortly, we should be bringing charges against another set of gang members so we’re doing what we can from a legal perspective to disrupt the gangs in Belize City and we are hopeful that it will help to reduce the tension and the crime in Belize city where these gangs are concerned.”
Last week, a police prosecutor noted that the JBYC, which is currently feuding with several other Belize City gangs, has been under investigation since 2018. The gang is said to have more than 10 active members and they primarily operate within Antelope Street Extension and Iguana Street Extension. The group is also said to affiliate with criminal elements on Pelican Street and Pitter Street.
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