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St. Thomas Man With 4 Pounds Of Ganja, Glock And $6,225 Gets 4 Months In Jail

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who police caught red-handed with four pounds of marijuana, a Glock handgun and $6,226 cash got four months in prison from a federal judge, authorities said.

Thomas Olive, II, 29, was sentenced Thursday on a conviction for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Evidence at Olive’s trial established that on December 11, 2018, he was the driver of a vehicle traveling on Main Street on St. Thomas with heavily tinted windows.

Officers of the Virgin Islands Police Department ordered Olive out of the vehicle and discovered four pounds of marijuana packaged for distribution. VIPD also discovered $6,225 in cash and an unlicensed Glock firearm.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Olive to four months incarceration, and six months home confinement.

Judge Gomez also sentenced Olive to three years supervised release with 300 hours of community service.

As part of his sentence Olive forfeits $6,225 in cash and was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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