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Crime / News / Virgin Islands / April 23, 2019

ST. CROIX — Deshawn Gonsalves, 24, of St. Croix, on Tuesday appeared before Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon for an initial appearance after his arrest by Homeland Security Investigations special asgents on the charges of possession of a firearm within a school zone, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

Further, upon motion of the government, Judge Cannon scheduled a detention hearing for April 26.

According to court documents, on October 31, 2018, after responding to a domestic disturbance 911 call, officers with the Virgin Islands Police Department searched Gonsalves’ vehicle and located:

  • A loaded Glock .45 caliber handgun;
  • A Glock magazine holding 10 rounds;
  • A Glock extended magazine capable of holding 30 rounds;
  • 135 rounds of .45 caliber ammunition;
  • A ballistic vest;
  • A black ski mask; and
  • 170 grams of marijuana.

This occurred within 1,000 feet of the Eulalie Rivera Elementary School.

The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel H. Huston.

United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert reminds the public that an arrest warrant is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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