A St. Croix man arrested on a Florida warrant made his initial appearance in court Monday, United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced.
Edelfonso Garcia, 45, appeared in court after being arrested on a 2004 firearms possession warrant from Florida. Garcia waived his detention and preliminary hearing and agreed to be returned to Florida to face charges, according to the press release.
According to court documents, Garcia was convicted in 2001 in Florida on the charge of
possession of a firearm within a school zone and was placed on five years of probation. In 2004, an arrest warrant was issued by the Middle District of Florida after Garcia violated the terms and conditions of his supervised release after being charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, burglary, and criminal mischief. Locally, Garcia was arrested by the Virgin Islands Police Department after they executed a search warrant in Pepper Tree Terrace and recovered live ammunition and illegal drugs.
The Virgin Island Police Department and U.S. Marshals are investigating this case, and Assistant United States Attorney Daniel H. Huston is prosecuting the case.