A judge has ruled that police improperly stopped a man for speeding on St. Croix, and evidence collected during the subsequent search of the man’s vehicle — including a loaded gun, drugs and cash — cannot be used against him.

Troy Somme Jr., 28, of Pleasant Valley, St. Croix, was driving in a grey Acura at around 11 p.m. Feb. 20, 2017, on East End Road when he was stopped by two police officers at Tide Village Service Station, according to an opinion issued Monday by V.I. Superior Court Judge Jomo Meade.

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