Shaheed Ghany was sentenced to three years hard labour after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm, while Jason Joseph Lopez pleaded not guilty and was granted $200,000 bail. The matter was heard before Magistrate Cheron Raphael at the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court today. The men were held during a sting operation on July 11th.

According to police reports, Sangre Grande officers conducted surveillance along Turure Road, Sangre Grande, when they intercepted a Nissan B15 vehicle. The officers searched the vehicle in the presence of the men and found a Beretta pistol. The men did not have a firearm licence.

The vehicle was reportedly driven by Jason Joseph Lopez, 27, of Righteous Lane, Pinto, Arima, and he was accompanied by Shaheed Ghany, 22, of Mt Pleasant Road, Arima. Lopez’s matter was adjourned to August 5th, 2021.