ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A US resident who was busted with ammunition at the country’s main port of entry was yesterday convicted and fined $5,000 to be paid forthwith.
However, the convict, Seymore Huges, who came to Antigua on April 26, could not meet the payment by the end of the day so lawmen decided to keep him in custody until the funds are wired from the US today.
Security personnel at the country’s main port of entry intercepted the Kittitian born trying to leave Antigua with 21 rounds of ammunition in his possession at VC Bird International Airport on Monday.
Reports indicate the man checked in his luggage shortly before 2 pm, passed the Immigration desk and proceeded to the security area near the Departure Lounge.
However, when security personnel scanned Seymour’s person and property, the machine indicated the presence of metallic materials.
The suspect was searched and the items were found in his bag.
Lawmen immediately confiscated the ammunition and took the Miami bound passenger into custody.
During the trial in the All Saint’s Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty, Hughes provided the court with authentic documents which show he has authority to carry firearms and ammunition within the United States.
He explained that prior to his visit here, he was at a shooting range in the US and had to hurry to the airport to avoid missing his flight.
Hughes said he inadvertently left the bullets inside the bag which he always carries around.