By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday afternoon concerning the recent seizure of a pistol and assortment of ammunition at an airport on a Family Island.
He was one of several men - including a 60-year-old male resident of Spanish Wells - arraigned on similar charges in court yesterday.
Ricardo Major, 30, of John Chipman Street appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt concerning three firearm related offences: possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of ammunition with intent to supply. Major pleaded guilty to the charges after the particulars were read to him.
It is alleged that he was found with a black and brown 9MM pistol and eight live rounds of 9MM ammunition. It is further alleged that he had another 25 rounds of live 9MM ammunition for distribution purposes.
According to initial police reports, shortly after 10am on February 19, officers from the Berry Islands Division searched a suspicious looking man at the airport in Great Harbour Cay and uncovered 25 rounds of 9MM ammunition.
The officers then arrested the suspect and took him to his home located at Coco Cay, where they uncovered a 9-millimeter handgun with eight rounds of 9-millimeter ammunition.
Major returns to court today for sentencing.
David Pinder, 60, of Spanish Wells, was charged with two counts of possession of ammunition.
It is alleged that he, on February 18, was found with a live round of .38 ammunition and 20 live rounds of 7.62 ammunition.
Pinder denied the allegations and the matter was transferred to court five for trial. A fixture hearing was scheduled for March 4.
Pinder was released on $8,500 bail and has retained attorney Ian Cargill to represent him.
In another arraignment, 23-year-old Kevy Nixon of Winton Meadows was accused of being in possession of a black Smith and Wesson .40 pistol and eight live rounds of .40 ammunition concerning a seizure on February 19.
Shortly after 2am on that date, officers from the Northeastern Division were on routine patrol when they spotted a group of suspicious males near a club on Arundel Street, police said. After seeing police, one of the males walked away from the group and threw a handgun underneath a nearby vehicle, it is alleged.
The male was arrested and a .40 pistol with eight rounds of ammunition was seized.
Nixon pleaded not guilty to the allegations and was granted $9,000 bail with the condition that he reports to the Elizabeth Estates Police Station each Tuesday on/or before 6pm.
The matter was also set for fixture in court five on February 29. He is represented by Allen Emmanuel.