Terry Van Sertima was on Monday sentenced to five years in prison by Magistrate Dylan Best at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, and cultivating marijuana.
Van Sertima pleaded guilty to the first set of charges which stated that on March 18, at Yarrowkabra, on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway he was found to be in possession of a 12-gauge shotgun, a 9mm pistol and a Smith and Wesson pistol along with several rounds of matching ammunition for the weapons without being the holder of a firearm licence.
He was apprehended at his Yarrowkabra farm on March 18 after Police ranks, acting on information received, went to his farm where they caught him in the act of tending to the illegal plants.
The farm was approximately four acres of cultivated land and had over 4000 prohibited plants.
Van Sertima then took the ranks to his nearby campsite where the illegal weapons were discovered. He was fined $15,000 along with three years in prison for planting marijuana and $50,000 along with two years’ jail time for each gun and ammo charge which will run consecutively.