23-year-old Dimar Fredrick of Fat Hogs Bay has been slapped with several firearm related charges following a police operation in the Long Look area on Monday.
This was confirmed by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) which said the charges include “keeping a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition and common assault”.
Fredrick is to appear before the Magistrate’s court at the next available sitting.
The RVIPF said the latest seizure adds to the recent recovery of a number of other firearms.
Just last week the RVIPF announced the seizure of two prohibited, high-powered assault rifles and the confiscation of a quantity of ammunition and cash at a residence in Harrigan Estate.
Today the police revealed the identity of the person charged in connection with that operation to be 41-year-old Marcia Jennings, a native of St. Vincent who resides in Harrigan Estate.
Jennings was charged with unlawful possession of prohibited firearms, unlawful possession of ammunition, proceeds of criminal conduct, and possession of a controlled drug.
She was granted bail in the sum of $20,000 and will have her appearance in the Magistrate’s Court on January 19, 2023.
Commissioner of Police Mark Collins expressed his concerns with the alarming number of firearms seized in 2022, noting that many of these weapons are brought into the territory through illegal ports of entry.
This he warned put many lives in danger as these illegal firearms are often “put in the hands of persons who have and will recklessly endanger lives.
Commissioner Collins also made an appeal for persons to come forward and share any information that could lead to more firearm seizures.
Persons with information can contact the Intelligence Unit directly at 368-9339.