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Philadelphia Man Arrested With 10 Assault Rifles At St. Thomas Airport: VIDOJ

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — V.I. Attorney General Denise George announced today the arrest of Jahmir Victor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Virgin Islands Department of Justice (VIDOJ) special agents for multiple firearms charges related to the unlawful importation, sale, failure to declare and register, and the Criminally Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (CICO) as a co-conspirator in an alleged illegal firearm trafficking scheme.

The arrest arises from a joint investigation of VIDOJ and the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Victor was advised this morning when the Superior Court Magistrate Judge Henry Carr found probable cause to charge him for 23 VIC 467 – Selling Firearms without License, 23 VIC 467a. – Unlawful importation, 23 VIC 470(a) – Failure to register or declare firearms and 14 VIC 551 – Conspiracy, 14 VIC 605(a) CICO.

Judge Carr upheld the initial bail of $150,000 and added that Victor could not be released unless a suitable party is determined. He would then be subjected to a curfew of 6 pm to 6 am Monday to Friday and 24-hour house arrest over the weekends. He also ordered Victor to surrender his passport and not leave the territory without the permission of the court.

VIDOJ Special Agents and HSI opened an investigation into the suspect after U.S. Custom’s officials were alerted to a large cache of weapons that were contained in the suspect’s checked luggage on November 10, 2021.

Victor only made Spirit Airlines and TSA aware of two firearms that were contained in his checked luggage and failed to declare the total 10 firearms and 14 high-capacity magazines with the Virgin Islands Police Department, at the
designated location inside the baggage claim area, and as Required under Virgin Islands law.

During questioning, Victor admitted to knowingly transporting 10 firearms and 14 magazines with the intent to sell. Agents confiscated the firearms. He was questioned, then released by CBP officers pending further investigation. The joint investigation of the suspect revealed that he was running guns for a criminal organization with ties to the Virgin Islands. On November 15, 2021, the suspect was arrested at the Cyril E. King Airport, while attempting to board a flight back to the mainland.

The investigation was led by VIDOJ agents, Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

Attorney General Denise N. George commended the VIDOJ Special Investigations Division, VIPD, HSI, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on a job well done.

“Collaboration with our federal partners is key in our fight to combat the illegal importation of firearms and the deadly effect that it has on our rising levels of violence in our community,” AG George said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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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