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FBI Arrests Relatives of Former VIPD ‘Crime Prevention’ Officer After Guns And Drug Offenses On St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two St. Thomas brothers appeared in federal court for a detention hearing today after they were arrested on illegal drug and guns charges.

Thomas A. Olive, II, and his brother, Thorne A. Olive saw U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez for a preliminary detention hearing after their arrest by the FBI for “intent to distribute marijuana and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking offenses,” U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to court records, on December 11, 2018, the Olives were observed by law enforcement driving in a grey Toyota Camry with excessively tinted windows, a violation of Virgin Islands traffic laws.

Subsequent to the traffic stop, VIPD officers recovered in excess of four pounds of marijuana; a Glock model 17, 9 mm firearm; a Glock model 23, .40 caliber firearm, with an extended magazine; several digital scales; boxes of plastic baggies; and approximately $6,225.00 in U.S. Currency.

A Thomas A. Olive Sr., Thomas A. Olive II and Thorne A. Olive’s relative, is the Virgin Islands Police Department’s former Crime Prevention officer.

Significantly, the VIPD is not mentioned by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as investigators on this case.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

Shappert said that an arrest warrant is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” she said.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. April 18, 2019 at 10:14 PM — Reply

    It comes from within… the same VIPD are the ones that maintain the corruption. that’s why these island’s will never change the poison is from with in. BRING THE FEDS!!!!!!!
    Also arrest the father….. he knows his kids where doing those illegal activities. The FBI should look into him also.

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