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Man Who Hid Wanted Alleged Drug Dealer-Murderer Faces Charges In Federal Court

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man faces federal charges that he knowingly tried to hide one of the territory’s biggest alleged drug dealers in a garage apartment on the hillside facing historic Salt River.

At the time Paul “Bogus” Girard, Jr. was being sought by local and federal authorities during a manhunt that took place nearly a year ago.

Clintford Joseph, Jr. of St. Croix was arrested Thursday on a warrant for the charges of concealing a person from arrest and making a false statement, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to an Indictment issued by a Federal Grand Jury on October 1, Joseph is accused of concealing Girard from federal investigators from October 23, 2018 to November 4, 2018, according to Shappert.

Joseph also faces a charge of providing a false statement to law enforcement on November 5, 2018 when he advised federal law enforcement investigators that he was unaware that Paul Girard, Jr. was staying in the bedroom located above the garage of a #84 Clairmont, St. Croix residence.

#84 Clairmont on St. Croix

Girard and others are charged in a multiple count indictment with operating a conspiracy involved in drug dealing, murders on St. Croix and armed robberies on St. Croix and St. Thomas.

Joseph was arraigned today in U.S. District Court in Estate Golden Rock.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney G.A. Massucco.

Shappert said that a federal criminal indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” she said.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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