Four St. Croix Prison Guards Face One Year In Prison For Allegedly Supplying Inmates With Drugs And Phones
FREDERIKSTED – Four prison guards on St. Croix were arrested Thursday after the U.S. Department of Justice filed criminal charges against them alleging that they had supplied criminals in the prison with contraband such as mobile phones and illegal drugs.
Waheeda Ali, 32, Abdul Robinson, 38, Patrick Richards, 41, Eustace Roper, 51, were arrested Thursday pursuant to criminal complaints filed against them on March 1, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.
The three men and one woman made their initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock. All of the men were released on bail pending the filing of formal charges, according to Sharpe.
The complaints resulted from years of investigative work by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation who conducted a probe into official corruption within the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections.
The complaints charge all Golden Grove Correctional Facility guards with varying counts of providing contraband in prison, promoting dangerous prison contraband and conflict of interest.
If convicted of providing prison contraband, the defendants face a maximum of one year of incarceration. If convicted of promoting dangerous prison contraband, they face a maximum sentence of five years’ incarceration.
If convicted of conflict of interest, they face a minimum sentence of one year of incarceration and a maximum sentence of five years.
Sharpe said that a complaint is merely an informal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.
“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” he said.
ARRESTED: Eustace Roper