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BVI’s Ashan Westcott Admits To Being Illegal Alien With A Gun In St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A native of the British Virgin Islands admitted in federal court to being an illegal alien with a gun in St. Thomas.

Ashan Randolph Westcott, 28, of Road Town, Tortola, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to the plea agreement, on March 2, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) responded to a motorcycle and vehicle accident on Turpentine Run Road in St. Thomas.

Westcott, who was injured in the accident, was identified as the driver of the motorcycle.

In response to an EMT’s request to locate the defendant’s ID, a VIPD officer looked in a backpack Westcott had been wearing at the time of the accident.

While looking for the ID, the officer found a loaded Glock Model 23, .40 caliber handgun in Westcott’s backpack.

Westcott is a citizen of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and has a passport issued by the United Kingdom.

Westcott is not a citizen or national of the United States and, when found on March 2, had not applied for legal status in the United States.

Sentencing for Westcott is scheduled for October 10, court records indicate.

This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Edwards.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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