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Man on St. Thomas Runs Stop Sign; Unauthorized Firearm and Marijuana Found in Vehicle

A St. Thomas man was arrested Friday for unauthorized possession of a firearm, the V.I. Police Department reported.

On Friday, Bernard Kennings Jr., 44, was pulled over for running a stop sign by VIPD, who were enforcing traffic on Saint Peter Mountain Road. When officers approached Kennings Jr.’s blue Honda Accord, they smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, according to the police report.

Upon inspection of Kennings’ driver’s license, it was discovered that it was expired.
Further inspection revealed that the vehicle’s insurance and registration were expired, and
the license plate that was attached to the vehicle belonged to another vehicle. Officers
asked Kennings to exit the vehicle, where he was patted down for officer safety. Kennings was asked if he had any narcotics or weapons in the vehicle prior to the officer’s search, the report stated.

Kennings Jr. admitted to officers that he had narcotics and a firearm inside the vehicle, a 9-millimeter handgun (Ghost Gun – no serial number) with a 15-round magazine filled to capacity and marijuana, the police report stated.

Kennings Jr. was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his advice of rights hearing scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5, police said.

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