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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:34 PM

British man arrested in Bolivia with 'machine gun, revolver, cocaine and hit list of intended victim

British man arrested in Bolivia with 'machine gun, revolver, cocaine and hit list of intended victims'

Armed officers storm suspect's hotel room in jungle town of Rurrenabaque
Police raid hotel after neighbour said Briton had threatened to kill him

By Tom Worden
PUBLISHED:10:06 EST, 24 October 2012| UPDATED: 10:58 EST, 24 October 2012

A Briton has been arrested in Bolivia with a stash of firearms and a hit list of people he intended to murder, police said today.

Armed officers stormed the suspect's hotel room and found a sub-machine gun, a revolver, ammunition and a small quantity of cocaine.

Agapito Torres, regional commander of the National Police's specialist crime-fighting unit, said his officers found 'firearms, ammunition and a list with the names of various people he allegedly planned to assassinate,' local media reported.

The man, who has not been named, had been staying at a hotel in the jungle town of Rurrenabaque, 250 miles north of the capital La Paz.

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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:29 PM

1. Bolivian authorities say British ex-soldier arrested in Amazon tourist town with gun, cocaine

Bolivian authorities say British ex-soldier arrested in Amazon tourist town with gun, cocaine
By The Associated Press October 24, 2012 6:02 PM

LA PAZ, Bolivia - Bolivian officials say they have arrested a former British soldier in the Amazon jungle tourist town of Rurrenabaque in possession of a machine pistol, ammunition and cocaine.

The regional military commander identifies the man as Mark David Hassell and says he was arrested Monday night after neighbours complained he had threatened them.

Bolivian Navy Capt. Cimar Vides says Hassell has insignia of various British military units tattooed on his body. He says Hassell is in his 50s and was an elite decorated former soldier who took part in the war in Bosnia.

He adds that Hassell had lived in Rurrenabaque since last year and that his tourist visa has expired. He says Hassell was taken Wednesday to the regional capital of Trinidad for a judge to determine his disposition.

http://www.canada.com/news/Bolivian+authorities+British+exsoldier+arrested+Amazon+tourist+town/7441162/story.html

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Google translated from Peruvian Spanish link:
Detienen a ex militar británico en Bolivia

24 de octubre de 2012 • 13:35

Detained former British military in Bolivia
October 24, 2012 • 13:35

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Police surprised the British in the room of a housing (pension) in possession of a 9 mm machine gun, a .38 caliber revolver, just over a hundred missiles and cocaine in an unspecified number that apparently was for consumption, explained to his Once the NCO Agapito Torrez.

"We received complaints lodged and neighbors who felt intimidated by the dog, but also heard that Mr. Hassel that would make history in the village," said Torrez told the AP by telephone from that location, favorite destination of adventure tourism.

The police officer said the UK was transferred to the neighboring town of San Borja where drug authorities define their future. The British Embassy in La Paz said it is providing consular assistance necessary to arrest. Hassel said he has tattooed body.

"It was a high-level soldier, was decorated and participated in the war in Bosnia," said Vines. Torrez said the UK is a paratrooper and was in Afghanistan.

The suspect lived alone since last year in Rurrenabaque, and other neighboring towns. He had joined Bolivia in 2011 as a tourist but his visa had expired.

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http://noticias.terra.com.pe/internacional/latinoamerica/detienen-a-ex-militar-britanico-en-bolivia,5268f81ffd39a310VgnCLD2000000dc6eb0aRCRD.html

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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:36 PM

2. Bolivian authorities say British ex-soldier arrested in Amazon tourist town with gun, cocaine


Bolivian authorities say British ex-soldier arrested in Amazon tourist town with gun, cocaine
By The Associated Press

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The police officer who arrested Hassell said the suspect gave his age as 43 and reported he had been in the British special forces and had also fought in Afghanistan.

Hassell had an Argentine-made 9-mm MK submachine gun and a Brazilian-made .38-calibre Tauro handgun along with 100 rounds of ammunition in a backpack, and the room smelled of cocaine, officer Agapito Torrez told The Associated Press by phone.

Hassell, who identified himself as a tourist, also had a German shepherd that townspeople said had threatened them, the officer said. He said Hassell does not speak Spanish.

Torrez said locals notified police in part because they said they heard Hassell say he would "make history" in Rurrenabaque.

More: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Bolivian+authorities+British+exsoldier+arrested+Amazon+tourist+town/7441162/story.html#ixzz2AHJcjzmq

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 09:32 AM

3. "and the room smelled of cocaine"

 

Yeah, right. It seems like the local cops make us BS as much as ours do.

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