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Compliance Check On Registered Sex Offender’s House in Mt. Pellier Reveals Mini Marijuana ‘Grow House’

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FREDERIKSTED — An official visit to a registered sex offender led police to a cache of at least 600 marijuana plants were found in the man’s Mt. Pellier house.

Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) detectives from the Economic Crime Unit, agents from the V.I. Justice Department Investigation Division and several United States Marshals assembled for a compliance check on Wade Clark this week.

Police say they saw two large potted plants that looked to be marijuana at the St. Croix residence and Clark gave consent for the officers to enter on Tuesday.

In plain view, according to police, was a firearm, ammunition, at least 600 potted marijuana plants and clear plastic bags.

Clark, 28, has been charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession or sale of ammunition, escape from jail or custody of officer, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, according to the release.

Bail was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, Clark was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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