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CEK Airport Traveler Admits To Packing Ruger LCP Pistol and Ammo In Luggage: USAO

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas airport traveler who packed a gun and ammunition into his checked luggage admitted to his guilt in federal court on Wednesday, authorities said.

Wayne Smith pled guilty in U.S. District Court to causing a firearm to be present in a federal facility, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said on Thursday.

Sentencing has been scheduled for October 29, 2020.

According to court documents filed in the case, on March 21, Smith was a ticketed airline passenger at Cyril E. King airport.

He checked luggage that contained a Ruger LCP pistol and magazine, without notifying the airline or the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) that the luggage contained a firearm.

The TSA subsequently discovered the firearm at the federal security checkpoint.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Sleeper.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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