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Khaliem Tang-Yuk Arrested At St. Thomas Airport With Loaded Firearm Magazine

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Puerto Rico man with roots in the U.S. Virgin Islands allegedly had a loaded firearm magazine in his luggage when he tried to clear security at the St. Thomas airport on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Khaliem Tang-Yuk, 20, of Puerto Rico was arrested about 2:47 p.m. Saturday and charged with possession of ammunition, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Minutes earlier, the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) police officers and VIPD detectives to the Cyril E. King Airport regarding recovered ammunition, according to police.

“Transportation Security Administration agents reported the discovery of a loaded firearm magazine with ammunition in a bag owned by Tang-Yuk,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “He claimed he did not know how the magazine ended up in his bag.”

VIPD mugshot of Khaliem Tang-Yuk, 20, of Puerto Rico.

Tang-Yuk was taken into official custody and placed under arrest as a result of the discovery, Derima said.

Bail for Tang-Yuk was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

This case is presently under investigation. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5610, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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