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Police Find Man On Goat Street With Marijuana In His Backpack

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 40-year-old Hospital Ground man was arrested on drug possession charges this week, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Derrick Lewis was arrested Wednesday July 28 at 4 p.m. and charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, the VIPD said.

Lewis was observed loitering in the area of Prindsens Gade (Goat Street) standing in front of a building, holding what appeared to be a large amount of a green leafy substance in plastic bags atop of a cardboard box and in bowls, according to police.

Lewis was stopped, and questioned by officers who conducted a search of his person and found a clear plastic bag containing a leafy green substance, another clear bag containing a leafy brown substance, a pack of Bamboo paper along with a lighter and a large amount of cash in the pocket of his pants, police said.

A further search of Lewis’ backpack revealed a large and unknown quantity of a leafy green substance, that later tested positive as marijuana along with a scale, scissors and an undetermined amount of plastic bags. It was later determined that Lewis had in his possession a total of 379.2 grams (0.825lbs.) of marijuana, according to the VIPD.

Bail for Lewis was set at $10,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

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John McCarthy

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 40 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.

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