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Man Driving Car That Reeked Of Marijuana Busted For Drugs, Ammo At Traffic Stop

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man caught in a traffic stop near Hospital Ground was driving a car that reeked of marijuana prompting a police search of the vehicle that found drugs and ammunition, authorities said.

Officers assigned to the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative (VICI) arrested Jelani Walters about 9:20 p.m. on December 7 and charged him with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of ammunition, the VIPD said.

“Officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle operated by Walters in the Hospital Ground area,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “When officers approached the vehicle, they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, which prompted a search of the vehicle.”

Marijuana, a firearm, and ammunition were found as a result of the search.

Bail for Walters was set at $25,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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