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VIPD: California Woman Detained By Feds At Airport On Outstanding Warrant

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A California resident was detained by federal officers for an outstanding warrant at the St. Thomas airport on Friday, authorities said.

Raquel Antoinette Huff, 24, of Oakland, was flagged by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about 3:45 p.m. Friday at the Cyril E. King Airport for having an active warrant, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Huff was detained by VIPD detectives and transported to the Alexander Farrelly Justice Complex, where they confirmed that the State of Minnesota had a warrant for her arrest for failing to report to probation as directed, according to the VIPD.

“Officials in Minnesota stated that they will extradite Huff and requested that she not be offered bail,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Huff was then placed under arrest and turned over to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections pending an extradition hearing, Derima said.

The VIPD encourages everyone with information on crimes to call 911, the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477, or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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