St. Croix Man Faces Firearms Charges

Gregory Williams Jr., 23, of St. Croix, was arrested Tuesday and charged in District Court with illegal receipt of firearms, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and unauthorized possession of firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe.

Williams made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cannon and was detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Williams was arrested Tuesday pursuant to a warrant issued after he was indicted on three counts by a federal grand jury. Sharpe’s news release did not provide any information about the case.

If convicted of illegal receipt of firearms, Williams faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, he faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of unauthorized possession of a firearm, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

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The three-count indictment is the result of investigative work by U. S. Customs and
Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rami S. Badawy.

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