St. Thomas Man, John Burgos Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing a Machine Gun, Following Foot Chase and Seizure of $ 800,000 in Currency
St. Croix, USVI (STL.News) Gretchen C.F. Shappert, United States Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands, announced today that John Burgos was sentenced to 21 months in prison and two years of supervised release for possessing a machine gun in violation of federal law. The defendant was also ordered to forfeit the weapon and all interest in the nearly $ 800,000 that was seized on the day of his arrest.
According to court documents, on February 21, 2020, federal agents acting in an undercover capacity made numerous phone calls to an individual later identified as John Burgos. The purpose of the calls was to negotiate the transfer of money proceeds of suspected drug trafficking, in the amount of almost $800,000. On February 24th, federal agents met up with the defendant Burgos at a predetermined location on St. Thomas. The defendant was completing the monetary transaction when he saw the agents and fled. A lengthy foot chase ensued, and the defendant was arrested by federal agents in the Estate Tutu area of St.