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Man facing firearms, drugs charges

Police have claimed they did not know the criminal history of a man arrested on weapons and drug charges three days after his arrest.

Officers allegedly found a .380 pistol and a shotgun-both unlicensed-when they searched Joseph Brown’s residence in Pinewood Gardens on December 21.

Police also allegedly found a bulletproof vest and 16 grams of marijuana.

Brown denied the firearms and drugs charges at an arraignment before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez on Friday.

Prosecutor Claudette McKenzie objected to bail, saying that police did not know whether Brown had committed similar offenses.

Magistrate Gomez put off the bail hearing until December 30 to give police a chance to produce Brown’s criminal history.

Defense lawyer Langton Hilton said police had already violated Brown’s right by not bringing him to a court 48 hours after his arrest, although they did not obtain an extension from a court to justify his continued detention.

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