Category: U.S. Department of Justice

HIDTA St. Thomas Initiative Selected for National National Drug Interdiction Award

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A HIDTA initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Investigative Effort Award by the National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program. “Winning a National HIDTA Award is an impressive achievement,” Michael K. Gottlieb, the National HIDTA Director said in announcing the award. […]

Police Arrest Sixth Person In Connection With Brutal Carjacking Rape of 16-Year-Old Girl On St. Croix’s East End

NEITHER LEAN NOR MEAN: Territorial Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande and Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested on Thursday and charged in connection with the East End carjacking rape that happened in May. Cristobal Perez Jr. was arrested on charges that he conspired with the three carjacking rape suspects […]

Police Arrest 2 Men, 1 Boy In Connection To Gunpoint Carjacking Robbery of Unnamed Off-Duty VIPD Officer and Businesswoman

ARRESTED: Hansel Castillo on St. Croix FREDERIKSTED — Three men were arrested on Friday and being held in connection with the carjacking-robbery of an off-duty Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) officer and his female companion. Hansel Castillo, 27,  and Luis Angel Fraticelli, were charged with first-degree robbery in a gunpoint carjacking incident that led to […]

TIMELY ARRESTS: Three Men Arrested In St. Thomas For 2013 Gold Corner Jewelry Store Heist On Main Street

JEWELRY STORE ROBBER: Ron Delano Kuntz CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Devon Davis, 27, Keon Wilson, 22, and Shawn McIntosh, 24, have been arrested after being charged by a superseding indictment with Hobbs Act robbery, conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, and brandishing a firearm during a federal crime of violence, Acting United States Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett […]

U.S. Attorney’s Office Wants You To Be On The Lookout For Disaster Fraud in The Virgin Islands In The Wake Of Hurricanes Irma and Maria

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Acting United States Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett is urging Virgin Islands’ residents to be aware of, and report suspected fraudulent activity related to hurricane relief operations and federal funding for hurricane victims. In the wake of the destruction wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, millions of dollars in federal aid and loans have […]

BEHIND THE 8 BALL ON HER OWN ISSUE! Plaskett Not Among List Of Sponsors On Proposed ‘Revenge Porn’ Crime Bill In The House

WASHINGTON — V.I. Delegate Stacey Plaskett is not among the House members of Congress who sponsored legislation against “revenge porn” and “sextortion” last year — despite being one of the people most closely linked to that issue on the national stage. Just days after a member of Congress had a explicit photo released on the […]

U.S. Attorney’s Office In The Virgin Islands Pays For Funding For Four Additional VIPD Officers In The Territory

FAT ‘N SHORT OR IT: The U.S. Virgin Islands also has the shortest and fattest cops per capita than any jurisdiction in the territory. Cops in the territory could not run down a heroin junkie on crack. [ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) will be able to hire four additional […]

U.S. Immigration Rounds Up The Usual Suspects In New Jersey and Nabs People From Anguilla, Trinidad and Dominican Republic Who Are Here Illegally

  [ad name=”HTML-68″] NEWARK — Caribbean nationals are among 36 people arrested by law enforcement authorities in New Jersey during a five-day operation as part of an ongoing “public safety efforts” campaign this week. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service said that the operation targeted criminal immigrants who were previously incarcerated at the […]

St. Thomas and St. Croix Postal Workers Plead Guilty To Bringing 308 Pounds of Marijuana Through The U.S. Mail

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two U.S. Post Office workers admitted to shipping at least 308 pounds of marijuana through the U.S. mail in the territory. Calvin Benjamin, 50, of St. Thomas and Stephen Bernier, 53 of St. Croix have pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent […]

Convicted Murderer Gregory Williams Faces Felony Charges … For Allegedly Having A Gun w/ An Obliterated Serial Number

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A convicted murderer who served more than a decade in prison for killing two men in 2002 is facing new federal gun charges, according to federal authorities. The man, Gregory Williams, 34, was at one point serving a sentence of life in prison. But after appealing his conviction to the […]