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DOH! Castle Coakley Man Dozes Off On The Highway; Police Nab Him For Illegal Gun Possession

Leon Nisbett

     ARRESTED: Leon Nisbett

FREDERIKSTED – A 39-year-old St. Croix man was arrested early Saturday morning on illegal gun charges after a traffic stop on the Melvin Evans Highway, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Leon Nisbett of Old Castle Coakley was arrested at 5:59 a.m. Saturday and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, the VIPD said.

According to the arrest report, an officer noticed a vehicle that was stopped along the side of the eastbound passing lane of the Melvin Evans Highway, in the vicinity of Estate Diamond.

Upon inspecting the vehicle, the officer discovered the Nisbett sleeping soundly and a strong odor of marijuana present, according to police.

Nisbett was woken up and ordered out of the car. During a pat down, a weapon was discovered in the right rear pocket of his pants, police said.

Further investigation revealed that Nisbett is not licensed for a firearm, according to police.

Bail for Nisbett was set at $25,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

Leon Nisbett at home

  Leon Nisbett at home in Castle Coakley

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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