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Venezuelan man sentenced to 9 years for possession of AK rifles

A Venezuelan national charged with Possession of Firearms for the Purpose of Trafficking has been sentenced to nine years hard labour, by a San Fernando Senior Magistrate.

Albert Luiz Perez Abreu, 30, of Harmony Hall, also faced charges of Driving Without a Valid Driver’s Permit and Driving Without a Certificate of Insurance, when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Armina Deonarinesingh, in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court, on June 12th, 2023.

The accused pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to nine years’ hard labour for the firearms offences, 30 days’ hard labour for driving without a driver’s permit and three months’ hard labour for driving without a certificate of insurance.

The accused was arrested by officers of the Southern Division Task Force (SDTF) on Friday 9th June, 2023, at the Debe Roundabout, with four AK rifles and eleven AK magazines in his possession.
Investigations were conducted by Insp. Ramlogan, Sgt. Dameon and Cpl Gervais, while Abreu was charged by WPC Claudine Plenty of the SDTF.

This is the second such conviction secured by the SD for firearm-related offences.
On April 21st, 2023, Akeem Joseph, of Pleasantville, who was charged with Possession of Firearm for the Purpose of Trafficking, was also sentenced to nine years’ hard labour by Senior Magistrate Deonarinesingh.

The charge of Possession of Firearms for the Purpose of Trafficking carries a maximum penalty of one million dollars and a term of imprisonment of up to 15 years on Summary Conviction in the Magistrates’ Court.