Honeymooner charged over live ammo discovery

| 17/06/2014

(CNS): Officers from the customs department arrested a 27-year-old American visitor at the weekend as he arrived in Grand Cayman for his honeymoon after 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition was found in his luggage at Owen Roberts International Airport. The man was subsequently charged and bailed to appear before the courts Tuesday. The honeymooner, who arrived in Cayman Saturday from the State of Wyoming, told local officers that he had forgotten the bulletts were in his bag. Customs officials said that the arrest resulted from ongoing operations designed to contain and control illegal activity at the airport.Samantha Bennett, the collector of customs, raised her concerns about the find and said it could not be overlooked.

“HM Customs remains resolute to controlling and containing criminal activity at our borders. The fact that 50 rounds of ammunition were found in a visitor’s luggage is very concerning and the consequences of such ammunition falling into the wrong hands cannot be overlooked,” she said.

A United States national was arrested at the airport in February as he was boarding a plane to leave Cayman after a spent firearm shell was found in his baggage but he was released without charge after police confirmed he was a licensed firearms holder.

Anyone with Information relating to this type of crime is asked to contact HM Customs’ confidential tip-line on 1-800-534-8477 or email: tell.us@customs.gov.ky.

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