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St. Croix’s Samuel Melendez Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of Firearm in a School Zone

CHRISTIANSTED — United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said that Samuel Melendez, 43, of St. Croix pleaded guilty in federal court today to unlawful possession of a firearm in a school zone.

According to court documents, on October 8, 2018, Virgin Island Police officers responded to the H & R Supermarket in Frederiksted after receiving a report concerning an individual brandishing a firearm.

Melendez was located in the vicinity of the Frederiksted Vegetable Market in possession of a .380 operable firearm. Reportedly, officers discovered the weapon in Melendez’ waistband as they conducted a pat-down search. The firearm contained one chambered round of ammunition.

Melendez did not have a license to possess the firearm. Upon further investigation, law enforcement officers learned that the location where Melendez was found in possession of the gun was within 1,000 feet of the St. Patrick’s Elementary School, a violation of federal law.

Melendez faces up to five years imprisonment for the offense, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and forfeiture of the firearm and ammunition.

A sentencing date has been set for November 21, 2019.

The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa P. Ortiz.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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