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Defense force officer charged with illegal gun possession

A Defense Force officer was granted $5,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

Letario Gardiner, 30, was arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in Magistrates Court #1 on Grand Bahama on Tuesday.

Gardiner, who is from New Providence, was arrested by police in Freeport on Saturday night after he was found with a 9MM pistol and ten rounds of ammunition.

Police searched the Defense Force officer after residents reported that they saw a man with a gun acting in a suspicious manner near the International Bazaar. Officers searched Gardiner and found the loaded gun in the waistband of his pants.

Smith will return to New Providence, where he has to sign in at Nassau Street Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The matter was adjourned to July 21 for trial.

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