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CATCH & RELEASE: Alleged St. Thomas Drug Dealer Quickly Raises Bail Money After Cocaine, Marijuana Found In Vehicle

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas woman allegedly admitted to police during a routine traffic stop that she was smoking marijuana while driving — what she didn’t tell them is that she also had cocaine in her vehicle.

Kelsii Edwards, 26, of 7B Contant, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute after 11:59 p.m. Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

VIPD officers from the Criminal Investigation Bureau, Special Operations, U.S. Marshals and Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a Traffic Initiative Checkpoint on Veterans Drive late Thursday night.

During the initiative, police noticed a Jeep Cherokee, driven by Edwards, making an illegal lane change to avoid the checkpoint.

Officers pursued the vehicle and were able to make a successful traffic stop.

“Officers approached Edwards and saw baggies of what appeared to be marijuana in the vehicle,” VIPD spokesman Karl Caesar said. “When questioned by officers, Edwards told officers she was smoking marijuana. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and found additional baggies containing a white powdery substance. “

Police conducted a field test of the substance that resulted in a positive identification as cocaine.

Edwards posted bail set by order of the Superior Court of an unspecified amount, according to Caesar. She was released immediately upon her own recognizance.

Caesar told the Virgin Islands Free Press at 5:29 p.m. Sunday that Edwards only posted $1,000.00 in order to remain free on St. Thomas.

Anyone having any information about this or any other crime is asked to please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211, Major Crime Unit at (340) 714-9830 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9807. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-(800) 222-8477 or 911.

“We need your help and the entire community’s involvement,” Caesar said.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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


  1. August 11, 2019 at 1:04 PM — Reply

    Being that this a part of the US I would not be trusting the cops all this drug finding I am already suspicious.

    • Jim
      August 11, 2019 at 5:54 PM — Reply

      You’re an idiot. Go move to some 3rd world shit hole and let us know how it works out for you.

      • LargePro
        August 12, 2019 at 10:37 AM — Reply

        Hy dummy, is the VI not a 3rd world shit hole?

  2. Lola
    August 11, 2019 at 2:47 PM — Reply


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