Two charged with gun, ammo, and drug possession
Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Armed Response Team charged a male and female with firearm and drug possession offences after a routine search of the rental vehicle the couple were in uncovered the illegal items.
While making their rounds late Tuesday night, officers of the unit approached a vehicle in the parking lot of Hodge’s Creek Marina.
After detecting the scent of marijuana, the male driver was questioned and subsequently searched along with the female and the vehicle. A semi-automatic pistol and two loaded magazines with a total of 24 rounds of ammunition were uncovered. Close to 240 grams of suspected cannabis and over $4,000 in cash was also found.
A search of the driver’s accommodations further uncovered a large quantity of pills suspected to be ecstasy. Rashon Lewis, 42, a resident of Jacksonville, Florida and Rhondella Guishard, 25, of Horsepath were both charged with carrying a firearm without a licence and unlawful possession of ammunition.
Lewis was additionally charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, unlawful possession of cannabis and landing in the Territory without leave of an immigration officer. Other charges may be pending.
The two will appear in court at the next available sitting.
Inspector overseeing the unit Durville Carty said these officers consistently go beyond the call of duty even in the midnight hours. Not always does it bear fruit, but he noted that this time it did.
The Inspector noted that officers will continue to keep the pressure on.