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VIPD: ‘Drive Sober’ Campaign Nets Troy Somme Jr. With One Pound of Marijuana And A Glock Handgun

   ARRESTED: Troy A. Somme Jr.

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested after a routine traffic stop revealed that he had about a pound of marijuana and a Glock handgun in his car.

On February 20, 2017 at about  11:21 p.m., a 26 year Troy A. Somme Jr. was for arrested Possession of Ammunition, Failure to report a Fire arm, and  Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to distribute, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

Somme was pulled over while officers were conducting traffic stop initiative “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” an Office of Highway Safety initiative near Tide Village on St. Croix’s East End, the VIPD said.

Upon further investigation officers discovered a little over a pound of marijuana, a Glock handgun, and at least $2,900.00 in cash, according to police.

Somme was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Facility pending an advice of rights hearing.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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