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Trio gets five-year prison sentence for illegal possession of 18 firearms, 1,279 rounds of ammunition

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 2:19 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The three men who were held with 18 illegal guns and a large quantity of ammunition in Portland nearly five years ago have each been sentenced to five years in prison.

The cache comprised 10 pistols, five revolvers, two shotguns and one Intratec 9mm pistol as well as 1,279 rounds of ammunition.

Kirk Smith, Basvil Walters and Richard Mitchell were sentenced to five years in prison for each of the firearms and four years for the ammunition.

Justice Bertram Morrison, who handed down the sentences in the Gun Court Division of the Home Circuit Court this afternoon, ordered that the sentences run at the same time.

The Gun Court is closed to the media, but it’s reported that Justice Morrison took into consideration the fact that the men have been in custody since their arrest in July 2013.

Smith, Walters and Mitchell were convicted in September last year of 18 counts of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

They were arrested after the police, acting on information, signalled the driver of a Toyota Hiace minibus to stop along the Blueberry Hill main road.

During a search of the vehicle, the police say the 18 illegal firearms and a large quantity of ammunition were seized.

Three other men, who were arrested and charged in connection with the arms find, were freed after their attorneys successfully argued that they had no case to answer.

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The haul included 10 pistols, five revolvers, two shotguns and one Intratec 9mm pistol.