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Man Charged In Connection With Seizure From Shipping Containers

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A TRIAL date was set yesterday for a man recently charged in connection with the recent seizure of more than $200,000 worth of stolen vehicles, ammunition and electronics from two shipping containers.

Edward Laing, 69, reappeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt for a status hearing to determine which of the seven magistrates would be hearing his case concerning the charge that he submitted a false declaration to the Bahamas Customs Department and more than a dozen counts of importation of ammunition and possession of ammunition with intent to supply.

The magistrate told the box company owner that she would be presiding over his trial that would take place on March 10, 11 and 12 next year.

It is claimed that on September 9, he submitted a Home Consumption Entry to the government agency knowing that the containers held vehicles and other goods.

He is further alleged to have imported 1,810 rounds of .22, .223, .375, .38, .380, .40, .45, .9mm, 3.57 and 7.62 ammunition, which were reportedly in his possession on September 16. 

On the day in question, officials found two 2007 Chevy Camaros, a 2014 Chevy Silverado and a 2015 Chevy Tahoe in addition to more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a few electronics inside two containers. One of the Camaros was licensed in Ohio, USA.

Laing, who pleaded not guilty

to the charges, is currently on $15,000 bail.

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