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MAIN OFFENDER PUT AWAY: ‘Drug Dahn’ Lad Concepcion Jr. Goes Down On St. Croix Gun Charge

CHRISTIANSTED — A 45-year-old St. Croix man avoided federal prosecution on multiple drug charges by agreeing to a lesser charge in a plea bargain to illegal gun possession charges only, authorities said.

United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that Ladislau Concepcion, Jr., of St. Croix, pleaded guilty today in federal court to carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense.

According to court documents, on March 7, 2017, Concepcion was traffic-stopped near the Golden Rock McDonald’s in Orange Grove, St. Croix.

Concepcion failed to produce a valid driver’s license, insurance, or registration for the vehicle he was operating, court records indicate.

Subsequently, a K-9 drug detection dog alerted for the presence of narcotics in the rear of the vehicle and a search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 172 grams of marijuana, 11 grams of crack cocaine, 10 grams of cocaine, empty vials, plastic baggies, a digital scale, scissors, and three cellular phones.

A loaded Taurus .38 caliber handgun was located in the vehicle’s glove box. Concepcion, a convicted felon, did not have a license to possess the firearm, and was not permitted to possess it according to law.

Concepcion faces a mandatory minimum of five years of incarceration for the offense, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and forfeiture of the firearm and $1,046.00 in cash.

A sentencing date has been scheduled for December 20.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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

http://www.vipd.gov.vi/public_interest/Press_Releases/Show_Press_Release/11-02-02/Man_Arrested_for_Parking_Lot_Robbery.aspx

https://www.justice.gov/usao-vi/pr/st-croix-man-pleads-guilty-carrying-firearm-during-drug-trafficking-offense

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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