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Traffic Stop Leads to Firearm Arrest on STT

V.I. Police Department officers taking part in the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative on Tuesday arrested 37-year-old Corey Hunt of Estate Tutu, St. Thomas, and charged him with gun-possession charges, the VIPD reported.

The Crime Initiative is a focused, information- and intelligence-led approach to identify violent offenders and violent crimes affecting Virgin Islanders. One of their tactics is to conduct traffic stops, which can lead to more serious charges, according to police.

At 4:49 p.m. Oct. 27, officers effected a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Hunt on Emile “Milo” Francis Drive on St. Thomas. During the course of the traffic stop, he was found to be in possession of an illegal firearm, and was placed under arrest as a result.

Hunt was charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island Police Chief Steven Phillip praised the officers of the initiative for the discovery of the firearm and the resulting arrest.

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“We will continue to be proactive in reducing gun violence by finding illegal guns,” Phillip said. He urged the community to call the VIPD with information on crime by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211, or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS).

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