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.
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.