Abaco police investigating firearm possession

Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officials on the island of Abaco arrested a 31-year-old male who was found in possession of an illegal firearm, late Monday August 12.

According to RBPF official, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and Public Affairs and Communication Officer (PACO) Terecita Pinder, reports are that on Monday August 12 shortly after 11:00 p.m., officers from the Marsh Harbour Police Station, acting on information, went to a Service Station on Don Mackay Boulevard and arrested a 31-year-old male of Murphy Town, who was found in possession of a .40 pistol with seven rounds of ammunition.

The male is expected to be arraigned before the Magistrate Court later this week.

The RBPF encourages residents to take a stand against illegal firearms by cooperating with the police in providing information regarding the whereabouts of an illegal firearm.

In other law enforcement updates earlier this month, The Bahamas Department of Immigration hauled several foreign nationals before the courts.

On Friday (August 2), the Immigration department charged nine Haitian nationals in the Freeport Magistrates Court, before Magistrate Rengin Johnson for various offenses against the Immigration Act including Illegal Landing and Overstaying.

Grade One Immigration Officer Napthali Cooper provided this daily with information on the matter on Monday (August 12).

According to Cooper, on Thursday, August 1 a combined team of Immigration and Customs officers, accompanied by officers of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) travelled to Grand Cay, Abaco to conduct inquiries. As a result, a number of persons were taken into custody for being in breach of the Immigration Act. The group was comprised of eight males and one female.

They were all transported to Freeport for further processing.

Five of the individuals had to answer to charges of Illegal Landing, contrary to Section 19(1) A, and punishable under Section 19(2) of the Immigration Act, Chapter 191, Statute Law of The Bahamas. They were Haitian nationals Florene Jerome, 50; Gregory Desir, 34; Edner Joseph, 53; Wadson Pierre, 20, and Loubens Pierre 29.

Particulars revealed that on Thursday, August 1 the five Haitian nationals were found on Grand Cay, Abaco having landed from a place outside The Bahamas without the leave of an Immigration Officer.

The five pled guilty and were convicted and fined $300.00 and given a default sentence of two months at The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS). They were also ordered to be deported upon payment of fines, or completion of their court imposed custodial sentences.

The other four Haitian nationals also made an appearance in Magistrate Court #3 to answer to charges of Overstaying, Contrary to Section 28(1) & (3) and Punishable under Section 49(1) of the Immigration Act, Chapter 191, Statute Law of The Bahamas. The accused were Monert Saintilus, 24; Guymidson Remy, 20; Medelus Darelus, 46, and George Lubin, 46.

Particulars revealed that on Thursday, August 1 the four Haitian nationals were found on Grand Cay, Abaco after the expiration of visitor’s time granted them by an Immigration Officer.

Two of the Haitian nationals were holders of Work Permits, which had expired; renewal requests were not submitted up to the time of their arrests.

The four men pled guilty as charged and were convicted.

Three of the defendants were fined $3,000.00 or, in default were ordered to serve six months at the BDCS. The fourth defendant was fined $2,000.00 and, in default serve six months at the BDCS.

All persons were ordered deported to Haiti upon payment of their fines or having served their court imposed custodial sentences.

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