At VIFreepBreaking NewsBritish Virgin Islands NewsCrime NewsPolice NewsSt. Thomas NewsU.S. Department of Justice

BVI’s Ashan Westcott Admits To Being Illegal Alien With A Gun In St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A native of the British Virgin Islands admitted in federal court to being an illegal alien with a gun in St. Thomas.

Ashan Randolph Westcott, 28, of Road Town, Tortola, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to the plea agreement, on March 2, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) responded to a motorcycle and vehicle accident on Turpentine Run Road in St. Thomas.

Westcott, who was injured in the accident, was identified as the driver of the motorcycle.

In response to an EMT’s request to locate the defendant’s ID, a VIPD officer looked in a backpack Westcott had been wearing at the time of the accident.

While looking for the ID, the officer found a loaded Glock Model 23, .40 caliber handgun in Westcott’s backpack.

Westcott is a citizen of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and has a passport issued by the United Kingdom.

Westcott is not a citizen or national of the United States and, when found on March 2, had not applied for legal status in the United States.

Sentencing for Westcott is scheduled for October 10, court records indicate.

This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Edwards.

Previous post

USAO: Puerto Rican Sea Captain Teams Up With Dominican In Maritime Smuggling Operation

Next post

SBA Boot Camp To Aid 'Economically Disadvantaged Small Businesses'

The Author

John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

No Comment

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *