Police of Barbados getting serious with Cash for Gold Operators – Enforcing Old Metal Dealers Act

{FILE IMAGE} This reminder has come from the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF). The Commissioner of Police maintains a register of all authorised metal dealers in the island.

Persons involved in trading of old metals must first obtain a certificate from the magistrate of the district in which they reside.

Consequently, any police officer at the rank of sergeant or higher, “may at anytime visit any place registered as a business trading in old metals for the purpose of inspecting all registers and goods.”

Individuals who trade as old metal dealers should only operate between 7:00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. daily. In cases where their place of business has changed, dealers must immediately inform the Commissioner of Police.

Moreover, registered dealers are required to keep all old metals in the same manner in which they were received or purchased for at least six days prior to their disposal.

Any old metals to be exported must first be inspected by an engineer approved by the Comptroller of Customs. The Comptroller of Customs must provide a written record of the description of the articles which comprise the old metal, its weight, and the kind and variety of the metal.

It is illegal for dealers to employ persons under the age of 16, to purchase or receive old metals. Purchasing or bartering any old metal from another, unless the person selling or bartering produces a certificate authorising him to engage in such transactions, is also against the law.

Any person who is convicted of committing any of these offences can be fined or imprisoned for up to three months. {COURTESYSA/BGIS}

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