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Ferry gun ammo find: Crown in discussion with lawyers

It is alleged that the firearm belongs to Allen.
Thaxter is on bail
Thaxter is on bail
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Crown and defense are in discussion to take a certain course of action regarding the two men implicated in the firearm and ammunition bust aboard a vessel belonging to Smith’s Ferry Service on August 11, 2011.

This is according to Senior Crown Counsel, Valston Graham on Friday, February 2, 2012 in the Magistrate’s Court. In light of this, the duo has to report to court on March 29, 2012 for an update.

Jerome Allen and Davin Thaxter are each charged with one count of unlawful importation of a firearm, one count of unlawful importation of explosives, one count of unlawful possession of explosives and one count of possession of a prohibitive firearm.

They have both pleaded not guilty and are on bail.

According to court records, around 4:30 p.m. on August 11, 2011, Bomba Charger departed Charlotte Amalie bound for Tortola. The vessel arrived around 5:45 at the Road Town jetty where Allen, who was a passenger, disembarked and proceeded to clear Customs and Immigration.

Subsequently, Customs officers carried out a routine search of the vessel with the aid of a canine, and the animal indicated to its handler that something suspicious was in one of the bathrooms.

The captain was notified, and was present when officers found a large Home Depot box containing an assault rifle, one Glock pistol, 250 live rounds of ammunition for the rifle and 21 live rounds for an AK 47.

When crew members were questioned Davin Thaxter, who was eventually charged with unlawful importation and possession of firearms and explosives, came forward and stated that an individual asked him to hold the box until the vessel was docked and then would retrieve it.

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