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Golden Rock Traffic Stop Sends Mitchell Hanley Jr. To Golden Grove Prison On Illegal Gun Charges

CHRISTIANSTED — A routine traffic stop near Five Corners yielded the arrest of a St. Croix man allegedly with an illegal gun and drugs in his car.

Mitchell P. Hanley Jr., 31, was arrested and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Bail was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, Hanley was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections at the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility pending an advice-of-rights hearing, according to the VIPD.

After Hanley was advised of his rights, he allegedly admitted to not having a firearms license and being in possession of 2.2 pounds of marijuana found in his vehicle, VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. 

Members from the VIPD Special Operations Bureau (SOB) were conducting a traffic initiative “Operation Prevention Better Than Cure” on the North Shore Road near Golden Rock at 11 p.m. Saturday.

During the initiative officers observed a silver BMW 2006 without a registration sticker with three male individuals in the vehicle, police said.

“At this time officers then asked for consent to check the vehicle which was granted by the driver 31-year-old Mitchell P. Hanley Jr.,” Dratte said. “One 45-caliber firearm was discovered inside the rear right door panel, also discovered (was) 1,033 grams of marijuana.”

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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