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Austrian caught with gun at Jamaican airport

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12:22 CET+01:00
An Austrian man has been arrested at Jamaica's Sangster International Airport after a pistol, ammunition and several illegal weapons were found in his suitcase, according to a report on the Jamaica Observer news website.

He is named as 47-year-old Thomas R., a business consultant from Vienna.

According to Sangster International Airport Police he arrived in Jamaica on October 29th, but was unable to find one of his suitcases, which he reported missing to airport officials.

His suitcase was later found by an airline agent and a routine search was carried out by customs - who found a US Army model pistol (with no firing pin), an empty magazine, one round of HP80 calibre cartridge, four knives including two daggers, one small handsaw and a pair of binoculars.

Thomas R. was arrested and charged for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and will appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on November 5th. It’s not clear what he intended to do with the weapons.

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