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VI man pleads guilty to firearm possession in USVI

- Ashan Westcott is scheduled for sentencing on October 10, 2019
Glock Model 23, .40 caliber handgun in photo is not actual weapon ranks of the US Virgin Islands Police Department found on Ashan Westcott, 28, of Tortola, on March 2, 2019. Photo: Internet Source

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI— A citizen of the Virgin Islands, who was involved in a vehicular accident in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) in March 2019 was found with an illegal firearm and has since pleaded guilty to the offence.

Ashan Westcott, 28, of Tortola, pleaded guilty before District Judge Curtis V. Gomez to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Firearm was discovered following vehicular accident

According to the plea agreement, on March 2, 2019, the [US] Virgin Islands Police Department responded to a motorcycle and vehicle accident on Turpentine Run Road, St Thomas. Westcott, who was injured in the accident, was identified as the driver of the motorcycle. In response to an EMT’s request to locate the defendant’s ID, a VIPD officer looked in a backpack Westcott had been wearing at the time of the accident. While looking for the ID, the officer found a loaded Glock Model 23, .40 caliber handgun in Westcott’s backpack.

Westcott is a citizen of Tortola and has a passport issued by the United Kingdom. He is not a citizen or national of the United States and, when found on March 2, 2019, had not applied for status in the United States.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 10, 2019.

This case was investigated by the [US] Virgin Islands Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and US Customs and Border Protection, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith J. Edwards.

9 Responses to “VI man pleads guilty to firearm possession in USVI”

  • Smah (11/06/2019, 18:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Meshon how u gon get tie up wit uncle sam??smah
    • Fran (12/06/2019, 16:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is now gonna learn the law... illegal entry, gun possession ..stupid idiot.
  • Clap (11/06/2019, 18:19) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    one gunman off tola streets. keep him dere
  • Hmmmmmmm (11/06/2019, 18:47) Like (0) Dislike (12) Reply
    Plead guilty to being an illegal alien. I understand how they use the word alien but, how is he illegal though?
  • tola (11/06/2019, 23:03) Like (0) Dislike (16) Reply
    Let my people go
  • Hmmm (12/06/2019, 06:53) Like (7) Dislike (15) Reply
    I thought BVIlanders were all decent law abiding people. I bet he is from "dung island".
    • problem (12/06/2019, 08:09) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      You have a problem with the BVI. You should leave. Your statement says you are bitter. You should leave now!
    • hm (12/06/2019, 08:52) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      It clearly states that he is a citizen of Tortola and has a passport issued by the United Kingdom. Always quick to blame "dung island" smfh
  • Point At Me. The Boss (12/06/2019, 12:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We all born from different back ground. Right each and everyone of us related by some form of foreign back ground and tie to the Bvi. The hurtful time about this..before we help build ,we jus break ourselves Down ..Well Sah ..Hope we can go with what ever we accomplish in life into that hole all of us going one of these Days

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