A dramatic turn of events has resulted in the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court embarking upon a probe the drug and ammunition-related matters brought by the police against Godwin John of Maloney Street, St. George’s.
John, a small businessman in the Town of St. George, is charged with a number of gun and ammunition-related offenses, along with possession of marijuana.
Members of the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) who carried out an operation on February 24th at a shop which is operated by John unearthed a nine-millimeter pistol and a number of related items.
The list includes one empty magazine, 32 rounds of a 12-gauge ammunition, three rounds of a point-three 12-gauge cartridges, 73 nine-millimeter rounds of ammunition, three rounds of a point-three two ammunition, 11 rounds of a point-three eight zero ammunition, one round of point-three five seven ammunition, and one round of a point four-five ammunition.
However, the police were unsuccessful in recovering the guns for the various ammunition found.
During the operation, the Drug Squad was also able to lay their hands on six and a half pounds of marijuana which has a street value of $14,650.
John pleaded guilty to three of the charges that were read to him by Chief Magistrate Her Honour Tamara Gill on Monday – possession and trafficking in drugs, possession of firearm, and possession of ammunition.
However, after the facts of the charges were presented before the court by Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor, John claimed in his defense that he knew nothing about the items recovered by the lawmen.
The turn of events came when the Chief Magistrate enquired of ASP Victor if John had confessed to how he came in possession of the firearm.
The accused had informed the court that he had given Head of the Police Operation, Sergeant Linford Cummings every bit of information.
He also spoke of not being in possession of keys for the downstairs of the shop which, according to ASP Victor is used as a storeroom where the items were found.
All of the items including the firearm, ammunition and the drugs were found downstairs the shop, but John continued to maintain that he has no knowledge of the illegal items found there.
However, ASP Victor told Her Honour that John failed to co-operate fully with the police, even when he was first brought to court.
The court has set May 13 for a Preliminary Inquiry into the charges.
John has seven previous convictions.