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Man pleads guilty to 3 guns, 99 bullets, kilos of drugs

Shakeel Pondt at the Road Town Police Station today.

A man who police found with three guns, 99 rounds of ammunition, and more than three kilos of drugs four days after Hurricane Irma, was hauled before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste DaBreo this morning.

Thirty-one-year-old Shakeel Pondt is charged with unlawful possession of explosives, possession of 3.34 grams cocaine, possession 207 grams of cannabis, three counts of keeping an unlicensed firearm, and two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another.

He pleaded guilty to all offences in the makeshift courtroom at the Road Town Police Station today.

The Prosecution reported that on September 10 around 8:30pm, a member of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force was on foot patrol with members of the British military, enforcing the then 6pm to 6am curfew.

While near Treasure Isle Hotel on the Sir Francis Drake Highway, they stopped a vehicle being driven by Pondt.

The court was told that during a routine search, the law enforcers saw a black handgun in the offender’s waist and a loaded magazine in his vehicle.

Pondt was cautioned and arrested.

House searched

It is reported that law enforcers visited the offender’s Josiah’s Bay residence later that night with a search warrant.

While acknowledging the warrant, Pondt admitted to having two additional guns, more ammunition, and drugs at the residence.

“They belong to me – a Glock 40 with 60 rounds, and a Smith & Wesson 9 with 30 rounds. The weapon has never been used on my side but can’t say if others used it,” he reportedly told law enforcers.

Law enforcers subsequently recovered a box with the two guns and a large quantity of ammo from his bedroom.

A further search of the bedroom uncovered both the cocaine which the offender claimed he “found in a house,” and a relatively large quantity marijuana.

An additional five bullets were found under his dresser.

He was subsequently charged.

The offender is scheduled to return to court on Friday, December 15 for mitigation and sentencing.

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