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Duo charged with guns,

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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The grenade and guns seized by police.

Two men who were allegedly in possession of a hand grenade, firearms, ammunition and marijuana were each granted $950,000 bail yesterday.

Trevor Geeban, 34, of Boissiere Village, Maraval and Kadeem Weekes, 30, of East Dry River, Port-of-Spain appeared before Siparia Senior Magistrate Margaret Alert.

The men were arrested by officers of the South Western Division Task Force and Penal CID during an anti-crime exercise in Penal on Saturday. It is alleged that the officers stopped and searched a grey Hyundai Tucson in which the men were travelling, around 11.40pm at Tulsa Trace, San Francique.

It is alleged that the officers found a hand grenade, a pigtail bucket containing two Smith and Wesson revolvers, along with nine rounds of .38mm ammunition and 58 boxes containing a total of 1,450 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

The police allegedly found in the back seat a crocus bag with ten packets of compressed marijuana, weighing 5.179 kilogrammes said to have an estimated street value of $51,790.

Geeban and Weekes who were allegedly in the car were charged by PC Riad Hosein, of the Penal CID.

The charges included possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of ammunition, possession of firearms and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Prosecutor Starr Jacob objected to bail. Jacob also told the court that the Defence Force advised that they should produce photographs of the grenade rather than the actual grenade as it is a highly sensitive explosive and dangerous item.

However, the defence objected and requested that the grenade be produced during the trial. The magistrate ordered the accused to report three times at a police station.

They were represented by attorneys Mario Merritt and Nera Ramdeen. The matter was adjourned to September 17.

In the same court, Penal welder Kevin Ramsaran, 22, was jailed for 24 months after he was found with a Glock pistol and 15 rounds of 9 mm ammunition. Ramsaran was driving a Mitsubishi Pajero when he was stopped during a police roadblock at Field Road, Bennette Village, Santa Flora on Saturday.

Police found the loaded pistol under a mat on the driver’s side of the vehicle. He was charged by PC Brandon Joseph of the South Western Division Task Force.

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