Police arrest two, confiscate loaded gun and small amounts of marijuana on St. Croix

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ST. CROIX - Police patrolling on St. Croix on Wednesday confiscated a loaded gun, ammunition and some drugs - and also located a stolen vehicle.

Members of the Special Operations Bureau, Special Response Team were conducting the patrol Wednesday, looking for violations, when the officers saw two men acting "in a suspicious manner," according to a statement issued by the V.I. Police Department. After further investigation, officers found and confiscated the loaded weapon, ammunition and several dime bags of marijuana.

Special Response Team officers patrolling near the Supreme Supermarket in Estate Glynn saw the two men engaged in "an apparent hand-to-hand drug transaction," according to police.

When officers went to investigate, the men tried to drive away, but officers ordered them out of the car.

At the same time, people came out of the store and tried to cause a disturbance, police said.

Officers, "to ensure their safety," then searched four people, according to the police statement.

Police turned up a loaded magazine in one man's pants pocket, and during a search of the vehicle, officers found several dime bags of marijuana and a handgun on the vehicle floor, according to police.

Police arrested Jason Perpie, 34, and Mwanga Audain, 32.

Perpie and Audain were charged with unauthorized possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of a controlled substance, and were being held on $25,000 bail at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility pending their advice-of-rights hearing.

Also on Wednesday, Special Response Team officers were patrolling on foot in Estate Concordia when they saw a vehicle parked under a tree. The vehicle was one that had been reported stolen in a recent carjacking and was towed to the police station for processing, according to police.

Through reassignment, 10 to 15 additional officers are on the streets during the "peak hours" between 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., according to the statement.

St. Croix acting Police Chief James Parris said officers would continue to pursue the criminal element on the island.

"We won't be able to stop all crime," Parris said in the release. "The criminals will wait until the patrol car passes and then take that opportunity to commit a crime. We know this. But we are preventing many crimes and we're keeping the pressure up on the criminals."

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