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.