Federal Agent Rappels Down To Judith’s Fancy House And Seizes 20 Kilos of Cocaine
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.
As one of the helicopters hovered over a house that had been targeted based on months of surveillance — a ‘heavily-armed” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent quickly rappelled down to the ground and raided a residence in Judith’s Fancy, according to information the V.I. Free Press has obtained.
The result was that the raiding DEA agent confiscated at least 20 kilograms (44.09 pounds) of cocaine from the house in Judith’s Fancy in what was called an air “stealth” operation without the participation of local police, eyewitnesses told the VI Freep.
The Virgin Islands Free Press reported on the black helicopters hovering over Judith’s Fancy as it was happening in real time on the night of January 30 — however, it was not able to corroborate what the mission of the helicopters was at that time.
The U.S. Department of Justice through the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Virgin Islands has declined to comment on the drug seizure. Historically, the office headed by U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe declines to comment on cases under active investigation.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office was specifically asked which property address in Judith’s Fancy did the federal agent raid on January 30, but the online newspaper has yet to receive a response.
The second helicopter that stayed airborne during the operation was on hand for added security and back-up support in case it was needed, according to military experts who spoke with the V.I. Free Press.
Coincidentally, Gov. Kenneth Mapp was giving his third State of the Territory address at the Legislature in St. Thomas while the federal drug interdiction mission was taking place near the North Shore of St. Croix.
The day of the operation before the nighttime raid, residents noticed the DEA “drug surveillance helicopter” hovering over Christiansted town for hours at a time. It also hovered over the hilltop Recovery Welcome area and took a run to the East End that hugged the North Shore east of town, eyewitnesses said.
The day after the operation, on January 31, a marked DEA helicopter was seen flying over the area of Judith’s Fancy that was raided the previous day, according to eyewitness reports.
Only Guam and Delaware have not asked for help in drug interdiction from the U.S. National Guard.
It is not known if the black helicopters are based at the Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) facility in Estate Bethlehem or if they were flown in specifically for the drug interdiction mission.
The VING does not respond to press inquiries from the VI Freep. The VING does not have any personnel who are qualified to fly such helicopters, experts said.
In a time of war, the VING personnel are used by the U.S. military for water purification purposes only.
Officially, many of the black ops helicopters used by the U.S. military fall under the Department of Homeland Security.
BLACK HELICOPTER: A marked black helicopter like one of the ones used in the drug interdiction operation in Judith’s Fancy on January 30.