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Routine VIPD Traffic Stop Nabs Alleged Drug Dealer on St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police officers assigned to the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative (VICI) team conducted a traffic stop after seeing a silver Toyota Corolla run a red light  near Wendy’s restaurant in Mandela Circle, authorities said.

When police made a traffic stop of the vehicle about 9:10 p.m. on Thursday they smelled “a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle,” the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Allan Sprauve, 20, was arrested and charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of drugs with intent to distribute, according to the VIPD.

VIPD mug shot of Allan Sprauve, 20, on St. Thomas.

“Officers then interviewed the driver and requested to search the vehicle and discovered over 44 packets of marijuana, and one firearm in the center console of the vehicle to include 27 rounds of ammunition,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

Bail was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, Sprauve was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections at the Farrelly Justice Complex.

“Public Safety is VIPD’s number one priority,” St. Thomas Deputy Police Chief Steven Philip said. “We will continue this joint inter-agency initiative to reduce gun violence within our communities.”

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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