A Tortola man involved in a motorcycle accident on St. Thomas in March has pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, according to federal authorities.
U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert said in a news release Tuesday that Ashan Westcott, 28, submitted his plea before U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 10.
The guilty plea comes months after Westcott was involved in a motorcycle accident on Turpentine Run Road. Westcott, who Shappert said was the driver of the motorcycle, was injured in the accident. A V.I. Police officer later searched Westcott’s backpack for an ID at the request of an EMT and found a loaded handgun, according to the release. Police said at the time that the backpack also contained two vials of marijuana.
Shappert said that Westcott, a British Virgin Islands citizen with a United Kingdom passport, was in the country illegally and thus charged with possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.
The case was a joint investigation by the V.I. Police, FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Edwards is prosecuting the case.