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St. Croix Man Falls Asleep After Allegedly Smoking Ganja In His Car And Is Arrested By Police

    ARRESTED: Charles Richards

CHRISTIANSTED — On January 22, 2017, at approximately 3:50 a.m. Officers were on mobile patrol on Northside Road (Miracle Mile Golden Rock), while traveling officers noticed a vehicle stopped on the side of the road in the vicinity of the U.S. District Court.

Upon further observation the officers heard the vehicle idling, the officers shined their flashlights into the stopped vehicle and realized the driver was sleeping.

When the window was rolled down a strong odor of marijuana emanated from inside the vehicle. The officers at that same time took notice of what appeared to be remanence of the marijuana on the drivers lap and some blend in the center console.

The driver was asked to exit the vehicle which he did and he was asked if he had anything else in the vehicle that would be of concern in the vehicle, the driver replied “No you could search”.

After the search was completed a white substance which appeared to be cocaine and a small caliber weapon were located inside the vehicle. The driver 32- year-old Charles Richards Jr. was then secured without incident and charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm. He was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections Detention Center pending advice of rights hearing.

Some of these are made possible by the community’s effort to share with the Investigators; The VIPD will continue to do its part rounding up criminals off the street.  Call the VIPD at 340 778 2211 on St. Croix 340 774 2211 on St. Thomas, Crime Stoppers VI at 1 800 222 TIPS or 911.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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