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St. Croix’s Roy Christian Admits In Court His Home Was A ‘Grow House’ in Frederiksted

CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix man admitted in federal court that his house in Frederiksted was used as a “grow house” to produce marijuana plants for sale.

Roy Christian, 63, of Frederiksted pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon, Jr. on Tuesday to manufacture of marijuana, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on or about March 30, 2017, agents and officers of the DEA St. Croix Office executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence in Frederiksted.

At least 313 marijuana plants were seized growing in pots and in different stages of growth.

A large quantity of processed marijuana and U.S. currency were also found.

Christian later admitted that he grew and sold marijuana.

Laboratory analysis confirmed the plants were marijuana.

Christian faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A sentencing date has been set for January 10, 2019.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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