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VIPD On A Roll: Executing 28th Illegal Weapons Arrest This Year

Mug Shot - Luis Carino

FREDERIKSTED – The Virgin Islands Police Department continues to step up its efforts to remove dangerous illegal guns from the territory, with its twenty-eighth arrest on St. Croix Monday.

The VIPD arrested Luis Raul Carino, 31, at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 27, after a joint federal-territorial operation was executed. Members of the Virgin Islands Criminal Investigation Bureau and the U.S. Bureau and the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Task Force executed the search warrant at the residence of Carino.

During the execution of the search warrant Virgin Islands police recovered an AK-47 ssault rifle, a 9mm Pistol and numerous quantities of ammunition, the VIPD said.  As a result, Carino was arrested and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Bail for Carino was set at $50,000.00. Unable to post bail he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections, pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

Carino’s arrest represents the twenty-eighth (28th) illegal weapons arrest charge on St. Croix, with a total of fifty-four (54) weapons having been confiscated by the VIPD since the beginning of the year.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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