A man was observed by police smoking marijuana during Carnival J’ouvert on St. Thomas on Thursday, which led to further investigation, said VIPD.
Found in possession of an unlicensed firearm after officers made contact with the suspect identified as Shemar Coward, 22, he was taken into custody. Once in custody, he was charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition, said police.
According to press release, Coward was remanded to corrections pending his advise of rights hearing, and his bail was set at $50,000.
This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, Criminal Investigation Bureau Detective S. Rhymer at (340)774-2211, ext. 5572, or Crime Stoppers V.I. at 1(800)222-TIPS.