The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has charged 30-year-old Keshawn Baronville in relation to the recently seized semi-automatic pistol in East End, Tortola.

Baronville was charged with Carrying a Firearm Without a Licence and three counts of Possession of Explosives.

After a recent appearance at the Magistrate’s Court, the Fort Hill resident was remanded to His Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut.

On Wednesday, September 6, the police informed the public that they conducted a spontaneous operation in the East End area of Tortola which resulted in one semi-automatic pistol and a significant amount of ammunition being recovered during the search.

Speaking on the breakthrough, Acting Commissioner of Police, St. Clair Amory, stated that he is grateful for the support provided by the public and the officers who continue to do their part in bringing these offenders to justice.

He also encouraged more residents to come forward with any information that can lead to similar arrests.

“If you see something, say something. Every life is valuable, but it will take our combined effort to apply our individual willingness to achieve the change needed to tackle these illicit activities,” Amory stated.

The arrest of Baronville is the second gun related crime reported this week, following Sunday’s operation by the RVIPF that resulted in an AK-47 assault rifle and a significant amount of ammunition being seized.

21-year-old Keron Hodge of Purcell Estate was arrested and charged in relation to first matter.