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St. Croix’s Jimmy Davis Faces Just Two Years In Prison After Cocaine, Cop Assault Conviction in Federal Court

CHRISTIANSTED — After a five-day trial, a federal jury convicted a St. Croix man of simple possession of cocaine and assaulting a police officer.

Jimmy Davis, 41, of Frederiksted was found guilty of one count of possession of cocaine and one count of aggravated assault and battery, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said today.

The trial begin on Monday and ended on Friday. An additional charge was dismissed.

According to trial testimony, on February 26, 2018, Virgin Islands Police Department officers arrested Jimmy Davis, on an outstanding Superior Court warrant.

At the time of his arrest, officers located of 9.61 grams of crack cocaine in the Davis’s front right pants pocket.

The DEA Southeast Laboratory in Miami, Florida subsequently analyzed the crack cocaine and confirmed it to be cocaine base, a Schedule II controlled substance.

While Davis was being processed and booked at the police department following his February of 2018 arrest on the drug charges, he became belligerent and violent.

According to trial testimony, Davis verbally threatened and then intentionally kicked Officer Travis Herbert in the right thigh area.

The possession offense carries a term of imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000.

The aggravated assault and battery offense also carries a term of imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $500.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 14, 2019.

Davis became a fugitive on St. Croix in 2018 when he was wanted by police to answer questions about a domestic violence incident in December 2017.

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel H. Huston and Alphonso G. Andrews prosecuted the case.

VIPD mug shot of Jimmy Davis, 41, of St. Croix.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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