18-year old Kerlan Leon was formally charged on June 15th with possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition by police.
On June 14th, Leon was arrested following a routine police operation in Gros – Islet town when the discovery of a semi-automatic, sub-machine gun was made.
Police sources disclosed the firearm is classified as a Tech-9 machine gun. A conviction for control or possession of a restricted firearm carries a fine of not less than ten thousand dollars or, imprisonment for a term of not less than five years; on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term of not less than ten years. – Fire Arms Act of 2003.