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St. Croix Prison Guard Darren Giddings Arrested for Taking Ganja Into Golden Grove

ARRESTED: Bureau of Corrections officer Darren Giddings, 35, by the VIPD on Thursday.

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FREDERIKSTED ––  A St. Croix prison guard has been arrested at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility and charged in relation to introducing drugs into the prison, authorities said today.

Police said Darren Giddings, 35, a Bureau of Corrections officer, was charged on Thursday with promoting prison contraband and introduction of narcotics or addictive drugs into the prison.

Bureau of Corrections supervisors called the 911 Emergency Call Center to report the incident, according to Virgin Islands Police Department spokesman Glen Dratte.

The VIPD’s K-9 Unit responded to the scene and examined the substance in question and confirmed it to be marijuana, Dratte said.

Bail was set by a Superior Court Judge at $10,000. Giddings was able to post 10 percent of his bail and was released in the custody of a family member pending an advice of rights hearing.

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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