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Police & Courts

‘Operation Gun Dog’ Nets 18 Firearms

Naeem Akil Smith, 24, of St. Thomas was arrested April 27 and charged May 5 with the unlawful possession of 18 firearms, including two assault rifles, at the Cyril E. King Airport.

VIPD: Click It or Ticket for Drivers Who Ignore Seatbelt Law

The VIPD will activate the national safety initiative “Click It or Ticket” for two weeks beginning on Monday to encourage Virgin Islands motorists to wear seatbelts or pay the price.

Three Charged with Possession

Miguel Rodriguez, 60, of St. Thomas, Estanislao de Jesus, 47, and Tomas Miguel Liriano Castillo, 44, both of the Dominican Republic, were arrested Monday and charged with one count each of possession with intent to distribute narcotics.

Dominican National Faces Firearm Charge

Rolando Torres De La Cruz, 25, was arraigned Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after being charged in an indictment with being an alien in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

Georgia Man Charged with Attempting to Smuggle Marijuana

Keenan Powell-Ryder, 20, of Georgia was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, after 14.99 kilograms were allegedly found in his luggage at Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas.

Velez Sentenced for Manufacturing Marijuana

Michael Velez, 36, was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation, six months of electronic monitoring and a $500 fine on a conviction of one count of manufacture of marijuana.

Hansen Pleads Guilty to Using Phone for Drug Transaction

Carl Hansen, 55, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to using a communications facility in causing or facilitating the commission of felonies under the Controlled Substances Act.

St. Croix Man Charged with Animal Cruelty

The V.I. Police Department arrested Ala Zatar on Wednesday and charged him with two counts of animal abuse and disturbance of the peace after an incident in which two dogs were injured.

St. Croix Man Pleads Guilty to Mailing a Firearm

Shawki Thomas, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday before the Honorable George W. Cannon to one count of unlawful mailing of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

VIPD Issues Reminder of Good Friday Liquor Restrictions

Police Department on Tuesday reminded Virgin Islanders of restrictions on the sale and service of alcoholic beverages on Friday, which is Good Friday in the Christian calendar.

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