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Misael ‘Salao’ Melendez Pleads Guilty To Illegal Gun Charges In Federal Court

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U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe

CHRISTIANSTED – A 50-year-old St. Croix man pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun this week, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Misael “Salao” Melendez pleaded guilty to those charges on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Estate Golden Rock, said U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on February 11, 2015, Melendez sold a stolen .22 caliber rifle to an undercover informant.

Melendez had been previously convicted in 2009 of the felony of possession with intent to distribute cocaine in U.S. District Court in the territory.

Melendez faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has been set for June 1.

The case is the result of months of investigative work by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian Stringer.

https://www.fbi.gov/sanjuan/press-releases/2015/four-arrested-on-st.-croix-for-drug-related-offenses

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                          A .22 caliber rifle

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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