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Habitual Offender Faces 16 Charges, Including Drug Possession and Domestic Violence

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ST. THOMAS – A persistent alleged offender now faces three separate cases and a total of 16 charges in court.

On March 17, officers from the V.I. Police Department were conducting traffic enforcement in Nazareth, near the National Park. At around 10:20 p.m., they received information from the VIPD’s Intelligence Unit about individuals dealing illegal drugs in Red Hook, close to American Yacht Harbor. Surveillance cameras in the area captured a man in a light-colored BMW making several illicit drug transactions, including weighing and bagging the substances and receiving payment.

When additional officers arrived on the scene, they apprehended the previously identified man as he walked away from the vehicle. Upon his arrest, officers noticed a transparent bag in the BMW’s center console containing what appeared to be marijuana. A subsequent search revealed more marijuana, crushed tobacco, baggies containing a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine, and bags of a white rock substance that tested positive for crack-cocaine. Officers also found a digital scale and a disposable vape.

During the vehicle search, the suspect, Henry, threatened to terrorize the police, punch officers, and spit on them. He was detained and taken to the Richard N. Callwood Command police station for booking. A search of his person revealed loose marijuana, marijuana cigarettes, and a lighter. While being processed, Henry reportedly told police he would return to selling drugs after posting bail, as that was how he supported his children. In custody, Henry allegedly punched the glass window of his holding cell.

The marijuana found weighed 5.22 oz, while the cocaine and crack-cocaine totaled 1.56 oz. Henry faces charges including two counts of possession with intent to distribute and possession of hypodermic needles or syringes. He was also charged with criminal contempt of court due to a violation of parole terms set during his arrest in January for similar charges.

On March 19, while in custody at the Bureau of Corrections, Henry faced additional charges in connection with an outstanding arrest warrant for an unrelated matter. He now faces counts of simple, first, second, and third-degree assault as crimes of domestic violence, two counts of using a dangerous weapon during the commission of a violent crime, brandishing a weapon during a fight, disturbance of the peace by fighting, and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Henry was scheduled for his Advice of Rights hearing on Monday, March 20, 2023. Online court records do not indicate that he was able to post bail at the time of publication.

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