Firearms continue to come into the Virgin Islands via commercial airlines, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents recently intercepted guns and body armor smuggled in two passengers’ luggage, according to a news release.

“The U.S. Virgin Islands has its own laws regarding possession of firearms and ammunition,” Todd Bellew, Area Port Director in St. Thomas, said in a statement. “Passengers should contact the local authorities regarding what is allowed to be entered.” On July 6, CBP officers inspected a passenger and his luggage arriving at King Airport on St. Thomas from Charlotte, N.C., and found a Glock 22 .40 caliber, a Glock 27 .40 caliber, a Z-15 multi-caliber rifle, and a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, according to the news release.

Officers also found multiple rounds of ammunition, including 69 9 mm rounds, 120 5.56 rounds, 27 .45 caliber rounds, 123 .40 caliber rounds, and 68 5.7 x 28mm armor piercing rounds. The passenger was also in possession of two bulletproof vests, one of which was armor plated.

On July 11, a CBP contraband enforcement team inspected all inbound luggage from a flight arriving to St. Croix from Miami.

Inside six checked luggage bags, officers found three AR-15 rifles and eight handguns, according to the news release.

The statement from CBP said that V.I. Police “received custody of the weapons for disposition under local law.”

— Contact Suzanne Carlson at 340-714-9122 or email