ST. THOMAS — On Saturday, March 18, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations Officers (OFO) intercepted two firearms and high-capacity magazines at the Cyril E. King Airport, according to a release from the federal agency.
“CBP officers will continue our efforts detecting and intercepting weapons being brought into the territory,” stated Todd Bellew, Area Port Director, Office of Field Operations for the USVI. “This is yet another case that exemplifies the hard work and dedication of our officers in stemming the flow of illegal weapons entering the territory.”
While inspecting inbound flights, a suitcase was selected for inspection. Upon opening the suitcase, a locked box with a firearms declaration form was discovered. Jahmarley Parris retrieved his baggage and bypassed the V.I. Police Department booth without declaring the firearms.
Parris was intercepted and escorted to CBP. An inspection of the lockbox in the luggage revealed a Glock 17 and a Glock 22 handgun. The lockbox also contained a 15-round magazine, 17-round magazine, and an extended 22-round magazine. Parris was arrested, and the firearms were handed over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).