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VIPD Nabs Two Firearms During Routine Traffic Stops

Members of the V.I. Police Department confiscated two firearms during routine traffic stops on St. Thomas.

One of the firearms was reported stolen from Florida. The suspect in that case was also charged with child endangerment.

According to the police reports Milton F. Moreland Jr., 23, of Estate Bonne Resolution, was arrested at about 5:34 p.m. Monday and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, failure to secure a child in the proper seating, simple possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Officers from the Criminal Intelligence Unit approached Moreland on Veterans Drive in Estate Altona and noticed a child in his vehicle was not in a child safety seat. Police then saw marijuana in plain sight inside the vehicle. Upon further inspection of the vehicle, police confiscated a loaded 9-mm firearm and two magazines. Some of the ammunition and one of the magazines were found in a lunch bag.

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Police conducted an NCIC firearm check on the weapon, which had been reported stolen in Florida. Additionally, Moreland is not licensed to carry a firearm in the Virgin Islands.

Bail for Moreland was set at $50,000.

On Friday, Randolph Marks III, age 25, of Estate Bovoni, was stopped in Estate Anna’s Retreat for not wearing a seatbelt and talking on his cell phone while driving. Upon a further check of the vehicle, police confiscated a 9-mm firearm, two magazines and a large quantity of ammunition. The items were all found in the vehicle’s backseat.

Marks was arrested at about 5:27 p.m. and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm. His bail was set at $35,000.

Both suspects were remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending further court action.

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