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Men charged with possessing bulletproof vests

Two men appeared before the Gun Court yesterday charged with new offenses under the amended Firearms Act.

Stanley Wallace, 36, of Sandy Lane, off McCullough Corner, pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of ammunition with intent to supply and unauthorized possession of body armor.

Police allege that they found Wallace, known by the street name Hots, with 50 9mm-caliber bullets and a bulletproof vest on November 16.

Under the amended Act, a person found with 25 or more rounds of ammunition is presumed to have intended to supply them.

Possession of body armor without a firearms certificate is also outlawed under the amended Act.

Wallace was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to supply.

Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt had no choice but to remand Wallace to prison because Parliament has removed her discretion to grant bail for drug possession with intent to supply.

He returns to court for trial on March 8.

Rashad Roker, 18, of Rupert Dean Lane, also denied having a bulletproof vest.

Roker also denied allegations that police found him with an unlicensed MAC-90 assault rifle as well as 23 (7.72-caliber) bullets.

Ferguson-Pratt set his bail at $15,000 and adjourned the case to March 7.



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