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USVI Men Facing Firearm Charges Said they Came for Fuel

Just not worth going to jail for.
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Captain's story sounds suspect to me.
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I am sure there is more to the story. If they truly needed fuel Cruz Bay is very close to Frenchman's Cay which is much further to Sopher's Hole, BVI
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Captain's story sounds suspect to me.
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Where they going to fight off Jack Sparrow and the Black Pearl with 2 pistols?
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Re: USVI Men Facing Firearm Charges Said they Came for Fuel

Let's take a good NON-POLITICAL look at this situation.

We have 3 guys landing at BVI from USVI ostensably for taking on fuel. Yet they didn't clear in, (mistake 1), were caught unloading vessel without customs, (mistake 2), and were carrying firearms, as well as other prohibited items without clearance, and removed them from the vessel(mistake 3). And undeclared firearms were found during search of vessel, (mistake???).

Did I leave out anything?

If they were legitimate cruisers, we all know the importance of clearing in a proper entry port. If you do not, you are in the country illegally, (and any otherwise legal items just became illegal also).

Their story would have had more credibility if they had been docked at a fuel port.

Their laissez faire attitude to being caught seems to me to indicate this isn't their first ball game.

FOR the rest of us.

lesson learned: follow the procedures or you may be arrested.
Having a gun complicates things if you don't declare them at a port of entry.
"Just stopping for fuel", apparently ISN"T an accepted excuse for not following entry procedures.
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Re: USVI Men Facing Firearm Charges Said they Came for Fuel

The article is hard to read, but I read it that the "explosives" were simply ammunition and the weapons were discovered onboard, not on the persons. Regardless, the big no-no is that they landed without clearing in and they were likely offloading materials illegally (although the report doesn't specify what they were offloading). Sounds like smuggling to me.

Just found another article http://www.vistandpoint.com/latest-n...ammo-find.html

Looks like Cp'n King got 30 months...http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.c...-seize-vessel-

"Two other men who were passengers on the boat, Kimo Inniss and Germaine Bell, were sentenced to eight months for entering the territory without leave of an immigration officer." --The BVI Beacon, 3 Aug 2012. How long do we jail folks caught sneaking into the USA?

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Just not worth going to jail for.
What's not going to jail for? Entering a country illegally? That's a no brainer.

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Whoever, unless otherwise authorized by
law, has, possesses, bears, transports or carries
either, actually or constructively, openly or concealed any firearm, as defined in Title 23, section 451(d) of this code, loaded or unloaded,
may be arrested without a warrant, and shall be
sentenced to imprisonment of not less than one
year nor more than five years and shall be fined
not less than $5,000 nor more than $ 15,000 or
both the fine and imprisonment, except that if
such person shall have been convicted of a
felony in any state............

Customs will let u keep your guns which must be declared.But you need a permit to legally have them.ou cant get a permit because you don't live there.Catch22...don't bring guns to USVI.
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Re: USVI Men Facing Firearm Charges Said they Came for Fuel

Answering my own question - this from Title 8:

The penalty range for this offense depends on whether it is
the defendant’s first violation of 1325(a). If this is the
defendant’s first violation of 1325(a), then the statute
carries a 6-month maximum penalty, and the guidelines do
not apply. If this is a subsequent violation of 1325(a),
then the statute carries a 2-year maximum penalty

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