A boy, aged 14 years old, stands charged with trying to obtain a gun and ammunition.
The child was arrested in Coleraine on Thursday.
After more than 24 hours in custody in the Co Londonderry town’s police station, it was revealed late on Friday night that the boy has been charged with attempting to possess a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.
He was detained in a police operation at the Riverside retail park on Thursday morning.
Officers from the PSNI’s reactive and organised crime branch were involved in the swoop.
The teenager is due to appear in court in Ballymena, on Saturday morning.