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American tourist caught with ammunition faces $2,000 fine

An American tourist arrested in Turks and Caicos Islands, will avoid further jail time for bringing ammunition into the country.
 
Ryan Watson was instead ordered to pay a $2,000 fine - $500 for each of the four bullets found in his luggage.
 
A recent law that bans bringing ammunition to the Turks and Caicos, a popular tourist destination, can carry a minimum sentence of 12 years in prison.
 
But a spokesperson for the American said the judge overseeing the case believed a lengthy sentence would be arbitrary after Mr. Watson's guilty plea.
 
Five Americans have been detained in Turks and Caicos in recent months after officials found ammunition in their luggage.
 
Mr. Watson, who claims he did not know he had the hunting ammo in his bag, is the third American in recent months to receive a suspended prison sentence and fine for the offence.
 
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