DELVOY William and Joshua Archer of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, were on Monday jointly charged for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and matching ammunition, and narcotics trafficking.
According to a police press release, they appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Alisha George, where the charges were read to them.
They pleaded not guilty to each of them, and were remanded to prison until February 1, 2023.
Police had said on Friday that ranks from the Sparendaam Police Station, acting on information received, went to a two-bedroom house at Robert Road, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara.
In the presence of William, 25, and Archer, 22, who were occupants at the time, a search was conducted in the first bedroom of the house.
During the search, the ranks allegedly found a 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun with no serial number, and four live matching cartridges.
The suspects were asked if they were licensed firearm holders, but remained silent. Upon further investigation, a black plastic bag containing 286 transparent Ziploc bags containing a quantity of suspected cannabis was allegedly found in the other bedroom.
They were arrested and transported to the Sparendaam Police Station, where the cannabis, on being weighed in their presence, amounted to 580 grammes.