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Feliciano Comandante Olivieri Extradited to St. Thomas to Answer Gun Trafficking Charges

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The Virgin Islands Police Department provided this mugshot of Feliciano Comandante Olivieri.

The Virgin Islands Police Department has successfully extradited Feliciano Comandante Olivieri from Orlando, Florida, to face allegations of gun trafficking in St. Thomas. This move is part of a broader investigation that began in 2023, underlining the territory’s commitment to curbing illegal arms imports.

The case unfolded when Jakeem Jamal Bell, an Estate Tutu resident, was apprehended in April 2023. Bell was caught after retrieving a bag from the Cyril E. King Airport, which was later revealed to contain two automatic pistols and 60 rounds of ammunition. Further investigation revealed a collaborative effort to smuggle firearms into the territory. Authorities linked Bell to Olivieri through text messages on Bell’s phone, which detailed instructions for picking up the bag, including the name it would be under and the exact time for collection.

Court documents pinpoint Olivieri’s residence in Orlando, leading to the issuance of an arrest warrant by the V.I. Superior Court in April 2023. Orlando’s law enforcement authorities located and arrested Olivieri on February 22, 2024, marking a significant breakthrough in the case. Following his arrest, Olivieri waived his right to an extradition hearing, facilitating his prompt transfer to the territory.

Upon his arrival on March 29, Olivieri was detained at the Alexander Farrelly Justice Complex. He faces charges of importing firearms without a license, aiding and abetting the unlicensed importation of firearms, and conspiracy to import firearms without a license.

During a court appearance before Magistrate Simone VanHolten-Turnbull, Olivieri was granted pre-trial release, with the specifics of this order yet to be disclosed. A notable stipulation of his release includes the requirement for third-party custody under a close relative in Cruz Bay, St. John, ensuring close monitoring ahead of his trial.

Olivieri is expected to return to court on April 19, where the legal proceedings will continue to unfold.

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Former Deputy Park Superintendent of St. Croix Sentenced for Property Conversion and Fraud

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ST. CROIX, VI – Gregory Camacho, 43, previously Deputy Park Superintendent for the National Park Service in St. Croix, received a sentence of nine months of home detention and four years of probation for unlawfully converting property, according to U.S. Attorney for the USVI, Delia L. Smith. The sentencing was handed down by District Judge Wilma A. Lewis on Thursday.

In addition to home detention and probation, Judge Lewis imposed a $6,000 fine and a special assessment of $75 on Camacho. He was also ordered to pay restitution amounting to $29,502.20 to the National Park Service.

According to court filings, Camacho, during his tenure as acting park superintendent from June 2019 to August 2020, occupied two housing units owned by the National Park Service without fulfilling rental payments, causing a loss of $14,192.10. In another instance in July 2019, Camacho deceitfully claimed relocation expenses for his family’s move from Titusville, FL, to St. Croix, even though he moved alone. This action led to unjust reimbursements totaling $13,387.50.

Furthermore, between October 2018 and September 2019, Camacho was found to have submitted overlapping travel vouchers for the same trips from his primary duty station, resulting in an additional $1,922.50 in improper gains.

These findings were brought to light through an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior, with the case prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel H. Huston.

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Daylight Assault in St. Thomas Leaves Man Injured

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A distressing incident unfolded on St. Thomas when a man suffered injuries in a daylight assault in Simmonds Alley, according to a statement from the V.I. Police Department. The attack occurred on Wednesday around 12:15 p.m.

Authorities were alerted to the situation when the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call about a man found bleeding from the neck near the Jala Jala establishment on Kronprindsens Gade. Responding officers discovered the victim with a severe laceration on the left side of his neck, believed to be the result of the assault.

Despite the seriousness of his injuries, the victim refrained from providing a statement to law enforcement at the scene. He was quickly transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center for medical attention.

The VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau has taken charge of the investigation and is urging the public to assist by providing any relevant information. Individuals can contact the CIB at (340) 774-2211 or call 911. For those preferring to stay anonymous, tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers USVI by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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Six Arrests Made in St. Thomas Drug Trafficking Crackdown

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ST. THOMAS — A targeted joint operation by the Virgin Islands Police Department, alongside the Drug Enforcement Agency and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, resulted in the arrest of six men accused of drug-related crimes in the Red Hook area, a noted hub for illegal narcotics activity.

Throughout February, these coordinated efforts focused on dismantling drug trafficking networks, culminating in several key arrests:

  • N’Kel Morton, 30, was taken into custody at Red Hook Plaza on March 8, 2024, facing charges of cocaine possession with intent to distribute.
  • On March 7, 2024, Jaamal Bell, 42, was arrested at American Yacht Harbor, charged with intent to distribute narcotics.
  • Peter Francis Jr., 33, encountered the same fate at the same location, on identical charges.
  • Anwar Lockhart, 40, was arrested on March 15, 2024, on Cassi Hill for cocaine distribution.
  • Niah Henry, 35, was apprehended on March 16, 2024, at Red Hook Plaza, with charges similar to Morton’s.
  • Kenson Plasimond, 43, was arrested on March 7, 2024, at Tutu Park Mall, also charged with possession with intent to distribute.

These arrests signify a continued commitment by local and federal law enforcement to curb the flow of illegal drugs in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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