A United States citizen, who was discovered with three rounds of ammunition at Kuala Lumpur International Airport without a valid permit, received a penalty of RM4,000 or one month in jail by the Sepang Magistrate’s Court today.
The fine was imposed on David Allen Trail, aged 47, who pleaded guilty to the charge.
Bernama reported that Trail was accused of possessing two rounds of 7.62×39 mm Tulammo ammunition and a 7.62×39 mm Wolf bullet, which was of Russian origin, without the required permit.
The incident occurred on May 19 at approximately 10:40pm at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
The charge against Trail falls under Section 8(a) of the Arms Act 1960, which stipulates a potential imprisonment term of up to seven years or a maximum fine of RM10,000, or both, if convicted.
At the time of his apprehension, Trail was preparing to depart after a five-month business trip in the country.
During the mitigation process, S. Vivek, the lawyer representing Trail, asserted that possession of ammunition was not considered illegal in Trail’s home country and highlighted his client’s clean record both in Malaysia and the United States.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina Zubairi served as the prosecutor in the case.
Trail promptly settled the fine.
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