Police officer in court on firearm charges

Next court appearances are Friday, Nov. 22

Suspended police officer Alexander Caraballo-Kelly appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, when two firearm-related charges against him were transmitted to Grand Court.

Five charges of evading customs duty will remain in Summary Court.

Defense attorney Ben Tonner asked for all matters to be mentioned again on Friday, Nov. 22, explaining that his client lives in Cayman Brac and will have to travel back and forth.

Caraballo-Kelly, 36, is accused of importing a firearm not in accordance with the terms of either an import or export permit. The item specified is a “20 round calibre 12 gauge drum magazine.”

The alleged offense was said to have occurred on Dec. 31, 2012.

The defendant is charged with possessing the same item without a firearm license on March 14 in Cayman Brac. The legal definition of firearm includes components.

Charges of evading customs duty are alleged to have occurred on dates between Nov. 19, 2012, and Feb. 25, 2013. They allege that Caraballo-Kelly declared contents of packages to be toys or video game accessories or, on one occasion, a flashlight accessory when they were in fact firearm accessories.

The duty on toys is 22 percent; the duty on firearm accessories is 42 percent.

Caraballo-Kelly, 36, is accused of importing a firearm not in accordance with the terms of either an import or export permit.

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