Three men charged for unlicensed firearms

Two defendants remanded, one bailed

Two men were remanded in custody after appearing in Summary Court on Tuesday afternoon on a variety of charges, including possession of unlicensed firearms.  

Keith Rohan Montaque, Walter Jordan McLaughlin and Bill McCoy McLaughlin are accused of having .38 Winchester ammunition without a firearm user’s license on Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Frank Sound residence they shared. No quantity was specified. 

Both McLaughlins were also charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply. No quantity was specified. 

Bail for Bill McLaughlin, 61, was continued until Feb. 17. 

Montaque, 25, is further charged with possession of a 9 millimeter pistol and a .38 revolver without a firearms user’s license. He is also charged with possession of cocaine, with no amount specified, and consumption of both ganja and cocaine. 

Walter McLaughlin, 26, is further charged with possession of ganja with intent to supply, with no amount specified. Five other charges relate to utensils used in the preparation of a controlled drug: a large scale, a small scale, a grinder, Ziploc bags used in the preparation of ganja and “dime” bags used in the preparation of cocaine.  

Crown counsel Candia James did not provide any details. She asked that Montaque be remanded at George Town Police Station because police wished to interview him on a separate matter. 

Defense attorney John Furniss asked that Montaque be remanded to Northward Prison after the interview. Meanwhile, he is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 12 and then rejoin the other defendants on Feb. 17. 

Attorney Michael Snape advised that he was not in a position to apply for bail yet. He asked that Walter McLaughlin be remanded straight to Feb. 17. 

Bill McLaughlin’s bail conditions include a curfew, reporting to the Bodden Town Police Station twice weekly, and a surety in the sum of $1,200. 

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