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Police Come Across 50 Marijuana Plants When Searching For Suspect

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police confiscated about 50 marijuana plants near a private residence in Hospital Ground on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Detectives searching for a suspect in Hospital Ground discovered an illegal marijuana cultivation site about 11:19 a.m. Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Detectives were at a location where the suspect is believed to reside when they observed about 50 marijuana plants,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The plants were confiscated as a result.”

If you have information about this illegal marijuana cultivation site, you are asked to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211, or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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