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BVI’S NAKED CRIMINALITY: The U.S. Department of State has singled out the British Virgin Islands as a major player in drug/illicit money laundering on a world-wide scale. WASHINGTON – The United States named several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as major illicit drug producing and  major drug-transit countries with some regional

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I’LL BE OUT IN FIVE YEARS, SUCKERS! Puerto Rico native Gamalier Rohlsen-Arizmendi has a history of drug offenses that date back to 2010, but he was sentenced to just five years in prison for bringing 191 pounds of cocaine to St. Croix. CHRISTIANSTED – A Puerto Rican native with a

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BLACK OPS IN JUDITH’S FANCY: A black military-style helicopter that was used in the drug interdiction mission. CHRISTIANSTED — Two military-style “black ops” helicopters were used on a successful nighttime drug interdiction operation by the federal government in Judith’s Fancy on January 30, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

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CAN’T ACHIEVE A GOAL WHEN NO GOAL IS SET: Beverly Nicholson-Doty is following the chief executive’s (Gov. Kenneth Mapp’) approach to governance with an unfocused, scattershot approach to tourism success that is not bearing significant fruit. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Building on the increase in stay-over arrivals last year, the U.S. Virgin

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 Red Hook port area of St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man admitted in federal court today that he sold crack cocaine near a local high school. Tomolah Foy, 23, of St. Thomas pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possessing with intent to distribute crack cocaine, U.S.

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GUILTY PLEA: Selmo Watts CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man admitted in federal court today that he broke into a U.S. Post Office and stole mail. Selmo Watts, 34, of St. Thomas pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to breaking into a Post Office, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

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CHARGED: Spencer Wayne Allen, a Texas fugitive from justice. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 25-year-old native of the U.S. mainland has been charged in the firebombing of federal buildings in St. Thomas that has rocked this tiny American territory. Spencer Wayne Allen, 25, of Texas was arrested on Tuesday on a

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RECORD CACHE SCORE: U.S. Coast Guard officials seized 4.2 tons of cocaine off the coast of Suriname. The coke has a street value of $125 million and was brought back to Puerto Rico and turned over to the DEA. SAN JUAN — Authorities have made the largest maritime seizure of

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INTERIOR’S NIKOLAO PULA WASHINGTON, D.C. — Acting Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula has approved an adjustment payment of $18,173,711 million to the Virgin Islands government for fiscal year 2016 rum excise tax actuals, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The amount has been certified by the

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By NICK BROWN SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS SAN JUAN — As Puerto Rico attempts to sort out its tangled financial web, retirees may face bigger cuts than those in past U.S. municipal insolvencies, due in part to an unconventional debt structure that pits pensioners against the very lenders

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