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Gun, Drugs Charges Weighed Against St. Croix Man Caught In Routine Traffic Stop

CHRISTIANSTED — Police conducting routine traffic stops near the Limetree Bay Refinery found one man in possession of an illegal gun and drugs in St. Croix on Wednesday.

“The Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Unit police officers conducting a safety inspection of commercial motor vehicles in the Estate Mannings Bay Road area when it was discovered that Kareem Smith was in possession of a substantial amount of marijuana and a gun,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

Kareem B. Smith, 34, admitted that he does not possess a license to carry the firearm that he was in possession of, according to Dratte.

Smith was arrested and charged for unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of Mmarijuana with intent to Ddistribute, according to the VIPD.

Unable to post the $25,000 bail, Smith was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Center pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

1 Comment

  1. April 11, 2019 at 5:12 PM — Reply

    Black lives matter…. this poor innocent guy was just trying to make a living. The gun wasn’t his he doesn’t know how it got there. the medical cannabis was for his patients that come out at night in the housing projects. Well it looks like he well have to close up shop for a while, poor customers that won’t be seeing his product.

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