Man Nabbed After Irma With Guns, Ammunition, Drugs

Sherine Williams, Journalist | December 12, 2017 12:47 pm MST
Shakeel Pondt at court on December 12.
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A man who was nabbed with guns, cocaine and ammunition, four days after Hurricane Irma, pleaded guilty to a slew of firearm and drug charges in the Magistrate’s Court today, December 12.

The man, Shakeel Pondt, has been slapped with 3 counts of keeping an unlicensed firearm and possession of explosives.

He also picked up drug charges of possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply, possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

The court heard that Pondt was held with 3.34 kg of cocaine and 227g of cannabis.

The accused was further remanded into custody and is to be sentenced on Friday, December 15.

Background

Pondt was arrested on September 10 after a police officer and four Bristish soldiers stopped his vehicle in the vicinity of the Treasure Isle Hotel and Marina on the Sir Francis Drake Highway.

During a routine check, the police say they found a black handgun in the waist of Pondt’s pants. A magazine with explosives was also found in the vehicle.

Pondt was arrested on suspicion of keeping an unlicensed firearm.

The police say they later carried out a search at Pondt’s residence in Josiah’s Bay, during which the accused reportedly tsaid, “I have two more guns with ammunitions and some cocaine; they belong to me—Glock 40 and 60 rounds, and a Smith and Weson 9 with 30 rounds. The weapon has never been used on my side, but I can’t say if others used it.”

The cops then proceeded to Pondt’s bedroom where they discovered two firearms and several rounds of explosives in a bag near the accused’s bed. At that point, Pondt reportedly said, “those are the guns and ammunition which belong to me.”

The police say they also discovered a white plastic bag that contained three parcels wrapped in black tape. They say Pondt responded to this discovery by stating, “I found them downstairs; it looks like cocaine. I found it in the house.”

Four parcels containing what police described as “vegetable matter” was also found underneath the bed.

Pondt admitted that those were his drugs.

Another box containing five rounds of ammunition was found on a dresser in Pondt’s bedroom, and the accused reportedly told the cops that he had forgotten about those rounds.

He was subsequently arrested and charged for the offences.
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