Shakeel Pondt has been fined more than $9,000 and sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison for keeping three illegal guns, 99 rounds of ammunition, and more than three kilos of drugs.
Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo handed down the sentence yesterday, January 15.
Magistrate DaBreo sentenced Pondt to a total of seven years for the three gun offences. Pondt was also sentenced to six months in prison and fined $500 for the ammunition offence.
The magistrate ordered that the gun and ammunition sentences run concurrently (at the same time). However, if Pondt does not pay the $500 fine, he will serve an additional two months behind bars.
Pondt will also serve a total of two years and eight months for the drug offences.
Magistrate DaBreo further slapped the offender with a $9,240-fine in relation to the drugs. He will spend an extra six months at Her Majesty’s Prison if he does not pay the fine by July 15 this year.
The 31-year-old offender had pleaded guilty to 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 when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court last month.
The Prosecution reported that on September 10 last year, police and members of the UK military were on foot patrol while enforcing the 6pm to 6am curfew that had been imposed across the territory.
While near Treasure Isle Hotel on the Sir Francis Drake Highway, they stopped a vehicle being driven by Pondt.
During a routine search, the law enforcers recovered a black handgun from the offender’s waist and a loaded magazine in his vehicle.
Pondt was subsequently arrested.
Law enforcers then 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.
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 and a relatively large quantity marijuana.
Pondt had claimed in court that he had found the drugs and ammunition.
He further claimed that he kept the weapons for ‘protection’.
Copyright 2020 BVI News, Media Expressions Limited. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.