American man caught at Bali airport with 31 active bullets inside his suitcase

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. Photo: Flickr/SqueakyMarmot
Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. Photo: Flickr/SqueakyMarmot

Just a week after Mexican national Jose Fabian Ibarra Valdez was caught at Bali’s Ngurah Rai international airport carrying ten live bullets in his luggage, airport officials have arrested an American passenger bound for Incheon, South Korea, after they seized 31 live bullets from his suitcase.

The man, who has identified only by his initials, DT, was taken aside when security noticed something unusual inside his luggage during the X-ray scan. The airport’s general manager, Haruman Sulaksono, confirmed that the search that followed revealed a number of dangerous items within the passenger’s luggage.

Last Sunday night our Avsec [Aviation Security] personnel again found a prospective passenger carrying dangerous goods in the form of 31 bullets and 2 magazines in the suitcase,’ he said as quoted in Tribun Bali.

When questioned, the man admitted that he was aware of the bullets and magazines in his suitcase, but failed to report the items to airport security officers, a legal requirement if carrying items listed as ‘dangerous goods’.

Though the man was able to present a weapon ownership permit, the number of bullets he was carrying far exceeded the maximum limit allowed on a flight, which is 12. According to a report by Kumparan, the traveler had managed to bring the bullets from the US without any problem.

The man has been handed over to the airport police station for further investigation.

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