Bullets found by policing during a vehicle stop in Luton
UK

British Army Soldier Jailed For Passing On Military-Issue Ammunition

Ralstan Pusey, 31, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and will be discharged from the Army.

Bullets found by policing during a vehicle stop in Luton

A serving British Army soldier has been jailed for 15 months after being found guilty of passing on military-issue bullets.

Ralstan Pusey, 31, from Norfolk and a Lance Corporal with 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards, was found guilty of possession of prohibited ammunition.

On 9 November 2016, officers stopped a vehicle in Luton and recovered a loaded handgun and 97 rounds of 9mm Parabellum ammunition.

The car's driver was arrested and convicted of possession of a firearm and ammunition, and sentenced to six years in prison in June 2017.

Bullets were found in two containers in a bag in the vehicle, one in an iPhone box.

The IMEI number on the iPhone box was found to be linked to Pusey.

His fingerprints were also found on the ammunition containers.

Pusey was arrested in April 2017 and denied handling, stealing, passing on or having any knowledge of the bullets.

Detectives said the rounds of recovered ammunition came from a batch manufactured in July 2010 for the British military.

Pusey was charged in July 2019.

The court heard that it was believed Pusey obtained the ammunition while stationed in Germany, having taken part in firing range exercises.

"This was an unusual case which opened up as the result of meticulous forensic work," Detective Constable Leon Ure said.

"Officers were able to narrow down the source of the bullets to the British Army, and a jury was convinced that it was Pusey who had passed the bullets on."

Pusey was found not guilty of theft.

Cover image: Metropolitan Police.