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By Zaya Williams
Dequan Christian of Martins Village now owes $45,000 after a search of his home uncovered a number of illegal items.
The incident unfolded on December 20 when law enforcement executed a search warrant.
Upon arrival, Christian was found in a wooden shop on the premises, and a tense situation ensued when officers instructed him to comply.
Attempting to evade their instructions, Christian rushed towards the counter, prompting the officers to use force to subdue him.
Once under control, the authorities identified themselves, read the warrant, and commenced the search. Among the findings was a silver and black firearm with several rounds of ammunition, which Christian admitted to owning without a license.
The search also revealed transparent plastic bags and Ziploc bags containing marijuana, alongside a scale, vacuum sealer, and a stash of cash. Following the discovery, Christian faced charges, including unlawful possession of a Smith and Wesson .38mm revolver, possession of ammunition, possession of a warhead, and possession of cannabis with intent to transfer.
During his court appearance before Magistrate Dexter Wason at the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court, Christian was hit with fines totaling $45,000 – $20,000 for cannabis possession, $20,000 for firearm possession, and $5,000 for ammunition possession.
While reprimanded and discharged for other offenses, Christian now has six months to settle the fines or face six months in prison.