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Acting Commissioner Querrard Remarks on Gun Trafficking Conviction

February 28, 2013
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"On Wednesday February 27, 2013, District of the Virgin Islands United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe released a press release reference to the conviction of Tyrone Reid, a resident of the state of Texas. This conviction was a result of a joint investigation by Officers from the Virgin Islands Police Department, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Homeland Security.

I want to say “Congratulations” on a job well done to everyone involved. This is a perfect example of the local and federal partnership people of the Virgin Islands have been asking for. All entities involved, working together, shut-off one of funnels of firearms coming in to this territory.  Seven (7) of more than thirty (30) firearms identified during this investigation were found in the Virgin Islands, one (1) on a Murder scene.  It is a shame that anyone, especially someone with ties to the Virgin Islands would want to be involved in the importation of illegal firearms. This is a clear disregard for life, and will not be tolerated.

The Virgin Islands Police Department is, and will continue to work jointly with all of our federal counterparts to do everything possible to stem the flow firearms in to the Virgin Islands which are resulting in the deaths of many of our loved ones. Together, we can and will make a difference, along with your help.I am asking the people of these United States Virgin Islands to continue to be our eyes and ears. Information we receive on firearms coming in to this territory, or any information on any crime, will be followed up. Even something you might overhear relative to guns coming in to the territory, or on a crime being planned, will be followed up. It is my vision for this department to be more proactive, than reactive. To accomplish this goal all of us must do our part. Again, I thank all those involved in the investigation leading to the conviction of Tyrone Reid. As a result, one branch of the tree of firearms coming in to this territory was cut off.

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