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OPIOIDS CRISIS: St. Croix Man Arrested Near Paint Store With ‘Pinpoint Pupils’

CHRISTIANSTED — The opioids crisis — a major problem on the U.S. mainland that claims the lives of rich and poor alike … including pop star Prince — is officially a problem in the territory now, too.

Marshall D. Miller, 44, of unknown address, pled guilty today to the charge of simple possession of a controlled substance, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to court documents, on January 7, while on mobile patrol, St. Croix Police Chief Herman Lynch observed Miller acting erratically on the roadway near the Limetree Bay housing facility across from the entrance to Colorama store in Estate Castle Coakley.

When the police chief approached Miller, Miller had pinpoint pupils, was drooling, and was observed reaching into his pockets and throwing out items.

Lynch said he saw five plastic baggies containing a pink powdery substance along with a $10 bill on the ground where the items were thrown.

A subsequent field test by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) revealed that the substance contained fentanyl and weighed approximately 0.7 grams (0.03 ounces).

Miller faces a maximum sentence of one year and a minimum fine of $1,000. Sentencing has been scheduled for March 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melissa Ortiz and Alphonso Andrews, Jr.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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