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Two Men Arrested As Police And Marshals Search Man’s Home And Find Drugs And Guns

Mug Shot - Winston Berkley

         ARRESTED: Winston Berkley 

FREDERIKSTED – Two men were arrested after olice and marshals teamed up in a joint initiative known as “Operation Curfew” to seize a large cache of weapons Saturday morning.

The Virgin Islands Police Department and Superior Court Marshals Service found 114 marijuana plants at the home of Winston S. Berkley in Hannah’s Rest about 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

Police said the 58-year-old Berkley was under house arrest and the seizures of three handguns, two rifles, multiple rounds of cartridges and ammunition, a bullet-proof vest and the marijuana plants were a result of authorities conducting a follow-up visit to his home.

At the time of the visit the home was occupied by two men, one woman and three minor children, police said. When asked who owned the marijuana plants, Winston Berkley said that the plants were his.

Police said that written consent was obtained to search the residence prior to the search of the home.

Berkley was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana with bail set at $10,000.00.

Quanza Heath, 26, was also arrested and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm. Heath’s bail was set at $25,000.00.

Berkley is also the third person custodian and uncle of Quanza Heath.

Unable to post bail, they were remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending Advice of Rights hearings.

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Some of the weapons police recovered.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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