Virgin Islands Free Press

Routine Traffic Stop Nabs St. Thomas Man With Illegal Ammunition: VIPD

CHARGED: Nelson Sanderson, 21, of Estate Bovoni on St. Thomas.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A routine traffic stop on St. Thomas led to the arrest of an Estate Bovoni man on Sunday, authorities said.

Nelson Sanderson, 21, was arrested about 3:16 a.m. Sunday and charged with unlawful possession of ammunition, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

While investigating the report, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Sanderson, according to the VIPD.

“The officers searched the vehicle and found ammunition,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Officers from the VIPD’s Special Operations Bureau responded to a report of shots fired in Paul M. Pearson Gardens housing project in the early morning hours on Sunday, according to Derima.

Bail for Sanderson was set at $10,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

Based on the charges against him, Sanderson is likely to face federal illegal ammunition charges as well.

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