Mumbai: American held for carrying 4 live bullets in baggage

Henry Lee Head had a valid arms licence from the USA, which is not valid in India

An American passenger was arrested in the wee hours of Sunday at the international airport, for carrying four live bullets in his baggage. Arriving from Newark, Henry Lee Head (59) was caught carrying the live ammunition after MIAL security detected it in his check-in baggage.

Henry Lee Head
Henry Lee Head

He was handed over to the local police and arrested after he was found carrying the bullets illegally. Head had arrived in Mumbai from Newark by United Airlines flight UA 048 (at 9.13 pm), and was to go to Kolkata by Jet Airways flight 9W 484 (that departs from Mumbai at 2 am and lands at 4.25 am).

He was carrying the four bullets (Speer 45 auto) along with an empty magazine in his luggage. After conducting a preliminary check, it was found that the passenger had a valid arms licence from the USA. However, it was not valid in India. The flier was then handed over to the Sahar police.

He was remanded in judicial custody yesterday. “An FIR was registered under the Indian Arms Act. Head said he had put the bullets in his luggage by mistake,” said a police official. An airport official said T2 has been witnessing at least two such cases every month, where fliers were caught carrying bullets.

Housewife had bullets in her luggage
In January this year, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) had detained 33-year-old Shwetali Adnaik for carrying bullets. Adnaik was flying to Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific flight CX 648, along with three relatives. She was caught at the main Security Hold Area (SHA), located at Level 4 of Terminal 2. The housewife was carrying the live bullets in her handbag. Adnaik was booked under the Arms Act, 1959.

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