80.3 F
Charlotte Amalie
Friday, July 1, 2022
HomeNewsArchivesPolice Seize Outdoor and Indoor Marijuana Fields

Police Seize Outdoor and Indoor Marijuana Fields

A police helicopter swoops over Estate Smithfield Monday morning in an exercise that netted more than 1,000 marijuana plants..Police on St. Croix, supported by law enforcement partners on the ground and in the air, confiscated more than 1,000 marijuana plants from various outdoor locations on the island Monday.

One person was arrested for cultivating an indoor marijuana garden.

The operation began about 8 a.m. With a helicopter in the air, officers of the VIPD Special Operations Bureau accompanied by DEA, U.S. Marshalls, and Customs and Border Patrol, spanned the island from east to west.

“Since the bird is in the air, if we spot any thing we’ll dispatch the officers on the ground”, said St. Croix Police Chief Christopher Howell, who lead the operation.

Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)

The helicopter was kept busy, hovering over the ground in various neighborhoods all morning. More than 1,000 marijuana plants were uprooted and seized from plots in Estates Tortola, Smithfield, Hogensberg, Tipperary and La Grange.

Special Operation Bureau officers bag evidence back at headquarters.No arrests were made in the seizures, police said, adding that investigations are still ongoing. Officers in the helicopter saw what they called suspicious activity in Estate Grove Place and requested a search and arrest warrant from the Attorney General’s office. As a result, 63-year-old Bertran McIntosh was arrested and charged with cultivating an indoor garden. Approximately 35 marijuana plants, each at least 7 feet tall, and growing equipment were confiscated. McIntosh was charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute. His bail was set at $10,000 and he was remanded to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility pending further court action.

Chief Howell said the operation was a success and the partnership of local and federal law enforcement was an “effective cooperative effort”.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.

STAY CONNECTED

20,771FansLike
4,757FollowersFollow

FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more

A police helicopter swoops over Estate Smithfield Monday morning in an exercise that netted more than 1,000 marijuana plants..Police on St. Croix, supported by law enforcement partners on the ground and in the air, confiscated more than 1,000 marijuana plants from various outdoor locations on the island Monday.

One person was arrested for cultivating an indoor marijuana garden.

The operation began about 8 a.m. With a helicopter in the air, officers of the VIPD Special Operations Bureau accompanied by DEA, U.S. Marshalls, and Customs and Border Patrol, spanned the island from east to west.

“Since the bird is in the air, if we spot any thing we’ll dispatch the officers on the ground”, said St. Croix Police Chief Christopher Howell, who lead the operation.

The helicopter was kept busy, hovering over the ground in various neighborhoods all morning. More than 1,000 marijuana plants were uprooted and seized from plots in Estates Tortola, Smithfield, Hogensberg, Tipperary and La Grange.

Special Operation Bureau officers bag evidence back at headquarters.No arrests were made in the seizures, police said, adding that investigations are still ongoing. Officers in the helicopter saw what they called suspicious activity in Estate Grove Place and requested a search and arrest warrant from the Attorney General’s office. As a result, 63-year-old Bertran McIntosh was arrested and charged with cultivating an indoor garden. Approximately 35 marijuana plants, each at least 7 feet tall, and growing equipment were confiscated. McIntosh was charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute. His bail was set at $10,000 and he was remanded to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility pending further court action.

Chief Howell said the operation was a success and the partnership of local and federal law enforcement was an “effective cooperative effort”.