Kevin Barnard McDaniel is remanded in custody...
The bodyguard for rap mogul MASTER P has been charged with a series of weapons violations in CANADA following the discovery of handguns and ammunition in his luggage when he tried to enter the country.
According to reports from the US, the bodyguard, Kevin Bernard McDaniel, was remanded in custody on Tuesday (November 5) following a hearing at Vancouver Provincial Court.
Customs officers say they found three undeclared guns – a .44-caliber Taurus, .40-caliber Glock and .40-caliber Sigsauer – during a routine X-ray examination of bags at Vancouver International Airport on Sunday (December 3). A collection of ammunition and holsters were found in a separate piece of luggage.
In his defence, McDaniel’s lawyer, Richard Fowler, said the luggage had arrived in Canada by accident. It was supposed to go to Los Angeles but “was redirected up here by mistake,” he said. “He’d flown a different route from the bags and the bags shouldn’t have been sent up here.”
McDaniels has been charged on three counts of unlawfully importing a firearm.
Peter Thiessen, one of the three Canadian Mounted Police constables involved in the case, is reported to have said: “Anytime you bring firearms illegally into Canada, it’s a serious offence. It’s a matter of for what purpose was he bringing it in, and why was he not declaring it initially?”
Master P, real name Percy Miller, was in Vancouver to film an episode of television series ‘Dark Angel’.
The arrest and imprisonment adds to a stormy period for Master P and his record label No Limit. Only last week ‘Tha Last Meal’, the new album by Snoop Dogg, Master P’s biggest act, was posted for download on the website of Death Row Records, Snoop’s old label, weeks ahead of its official release. The album is also Snoop’s last for No Limit. Also, No Limit are coming to an end of their contract with the Priority label and one of Master P’s banks are currently suing him for $739,000 of unpaid debts.