Man Arrested on Firearm Charge

V.I. Police officers conducting a vehicle search discovered an automatic weapon and rounds of live ammunition and arrested the driver on a charge of unauthorized possession of a firearm.

According to the police report, the incident took place Sunday evening.

At 9:48 p.m. officers in the vicinity of West Airport Road, seeking a suspect in an unrelated matter, saw a vehicle that turned off from the paved road when the operator saw the patrol unit. Officers followed the vehicle onto the dirt road that led to a dead end.

The officers questioned the vehicle’s operator and reported that he voluntarily consented to a search of his vehicle. Officers discovered several live rounds of ammunition in the car. Continuing to search the immediate area, the officers discovered an automatic firearm.

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The officers arrested Jamal Rivera, 29, of Estate Grove Place and charged him with unauthorized possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $10,000 and he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his advise of rights hearing.

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