Thursday, May 21, 2009

Man held on $500,000 bail for buying ammo

How long before people own up to the fact that they're after our gun rights?

    HAVERHILL — Keni Garcia told police he intended to use the 30,000 bullets they found in his car and home for target practice.

    That is hard to believe, the prosecutor at Garcia's arraignment said, because if he were to fire a gun for eight hours a day, it would take weeks for him to use all of it.

    Garcia, who allegedly bought thousands of rounds of ammunition and had 10,000 bullets in his car when he was stopped by police Thursday, was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail yesterday.

    Attorney Socrates de la Cruz of Lawrence, who represented Garcia, 32, of 12 Freeman St., at his arraignment in Haverhill District Court, said he will appeal the high bail in Superior Court.

    Garcia is charged with three counts of possession of a high-capacity firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and illegal storage of a firearm. His case was continued until June 12.

    Assistant District Attorney Christopher Holland asked Judge Patricia Dowling to impose $750,000 cash bail.

    "He has no reason to stay here," Holland said.

    The judge ordered Garcia to surrender his passport, and said that if he makes bail he is not to leave Massachusetts.

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