THERE have been two arrests in America in connection with the alleged attempt by a man from the Dunloy area to import a gun from across the Atlantic.
New details emerged as the case of Kristopher Darren Scott (38), of Frosses Road, was mentioned at Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.
The defendant is accused of attempting to import and possess a firearm and ammunition and possessing diazepam with intent to supply.
The charges relate to October last year when the National Crime Agency (NCA) and PSNI were involved in a joint operation.
Ahead of the defendant’s original court appearance last year the NCA said the weapon was found in a parcel containing computer parts.
The interception was made by Border Force officers at an international mail depot close to Stansted Airport near London.
The court charge sheet names the weapon as a SIG P20 Pistol and said the discovery also involved two 9mm Magazines and 52 rounds of Parabellum Luger 9mm ammunition.
Defence solicitor Garrett Greene said the NCA telephoned him to say there had been two arrests in America in December in relation to the same matter.
He said he was told one of the people arrested in America “made fairly lengthy admissions” and police also had seized phones.
A prosecutor said the full file in Mr Scott’s case has still to be received at their department.
The case has been adjourned to February.