Essequibo man arrested with illegal ammo, ganja

Keron Williams, called ‘Blackie’, a 21-year-old Labourer from Onderneeming Sand Pit, Essequibo Coast was arrested on Friday last after he was found to be in possession of a round of ammunition and half a gram of marijuana.

Police ranks who arrested him were at the time conducting an operation when they saw Williams sitting under a tree in an unoccupied lot, acting suspiciously.

A search was conducted on his person, and in his right side pants pocket, the ranks found one live 12-gauge cartridge, one (1) empty casing, a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be marijuana, and a cylinder-shaped metal object suspected to be used as an improvised weapon.

Williams was told of the offence, arrested, and cautioned.

Williams then told the ranks that he was “trying to make a gun” because he has a farm in the Pomeroon River, animals are destroying his crop, and he cannot get a firearm license.

Williams was escorted to the Suddie Police Station, where the marijuana was weighed in his presence, and it amounted to half of a gram.

Williams further claimed that he got the live cartridge and empty casing from a friend but refused to mention the name of the ‘friend’ or give an address. He was placed in custody.

Investigation in progress.