The V.I. Police Department on Monday morning seized a “large amount of cocaine” in a package at Ha’Penny Beach on St. Croix.
According to police, at 7:31 a.m. Nov. 9, the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Ha’Penny regarding a suspicious package that had been spotted by a concerned citizen.
At the beach, officers saw a male individual with a package. When officers approached him, the individual dropped the package and ran from the area. Officers also observed a second man in the area, who also ran away. Both men escaped and are at large.
The package, containing “a large amount of cocaine,” was turned over to Homeland Security,
Custom and Border Patrol and HIDTA Task Force agents for further investigation.
St. Croix District Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe thanked the citizens who contacted police.
“We need everyone to contact us at the first sign of suspicious activity or items, so we can be on top of the situation,” Elskoe said.
Police urged anyone with information on crimes to call 911, the Crime TipLine at 340-778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.