Friday 20 May 2011

Berrien County native Steven Carter, a preacher who now ministers a church in Athens, was arrested Tuesday in Jamaica where his family was vacationing, after officials found a single .22 caliber bullet in his travel bag.

Family spokesperson Rhett Partin tells WALB that Carter will return home soon. Partin says that Carter will pay a $3,000 fine for "illegal possession of ammunition."

His passport is being held for 24 hours.

Under Jamaican law, only the authorities are allowed to possess firearms or ammunition, and violation of The Gun Law lands you in Gun Court. Here is what Wikipedia has to say on the subject:

"The Gun Court Act and the Suppression of Crime Act were passed in special simultaneous sessions of the Senate and House of Representatives, and immediately signed into law by Governor-General Florizel Glasspole on April 1, 1974. The new court had several extraordinary features. Most trials were to be conducted in camera, without a jury and closed to the public and the press, in order to avoid problems of intimidation of witnesses and jurors."

"There was no provision for bail, either pre-trial or during appeal, since all defendants were considered dangerous. Most offences carried a single, mandatory sentence: indefinite imprisonment with hard labour. A convicted offender could be released only upon special decision of the Governor-General, advised by an appointed review board."