Police seize altered machine gun, take ‘dangerous individual’ off streets during Bedford traffic stop (video)

Police seize altered machine gun, take ‘dangerous individual’ off streets during Bedford traffic stop (video)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A Cleveland man is facing federal charges for having an unlicensed machine gun on the streets of Northeast Ohio.

Toriano Leaks was taken into custody by a Bedford patrol officer during a traffic stop on April 10. Police say Leaks was pulled over for minor traffic violations, which turned “into an arrest of a dangerous individual.”

During the search, police found that Leaks possessed a Glock .40-caliber handgun that was altered into a fully automatic machine gun.

“Adding this specific part to a handgun to make it fully automatic makes that firearm illegal and puts the public at risk,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said.

Leaks also had a tool to convert weapons into machine guns, 21 rounds of ammunition, three magazines, and narcotics in his possession.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday a two-count indictment against Leaks for illegal possession of the machine gun.

“The weapon was modified to fire fully automatic, and was found under the driver’s seat, fully loaded with high-capacity magazines,” Bedford Police Chief Martin Stemple said. "This incident just goes to show the dangers our officers face, even on something that appears to start out as a minor traffic violation.”

A Bedford police officer demonstrated how dangerous the auto-sear gun could be by firing it in a controlled environment.

Bedford police fire modified gun found during traffic stop

Leaks pleaded not guilty during his initial appearance and Monday and was remanded back into custody of the U.S. Marshals, according to court records.

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