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Legal Troubles for Man After Abandoned Vehicle Yields Weapons at St. Thomas Airport

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Despite the absence of a mugshot from the VIPD, the case involving Danllerli Cabrera draws attention. By V.I. CONSORTIUM

Following a notable incident at the Cyril E. King Airport, Danllerli Cabrera faces legal challenges when police discovered a firearm among other suspicious items in his vehicle, left unattended until towed.

The situation began unfolding early Monday when law enforcement was alerted to several cars left unattended in front of the Cyril E. King Airport terminal. Efforts were promptly made to locate and instruct the owners of these vehicles to remove them, leaving behind only a silver Toyota Corolla.

Despite exhaustive attempts to identify the owner among airport staff, the vehicle was ticketed and clamped. With no one claiming the vehicle after an extended period, authorities decided to tow it to the Port Authority impound lot. A subsequent inspection by an officer, prompted by the wrecker operator who noticed a bag inside, revealed a black ski mask, black gloves, and a black Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun with an extended magazine inside the bag. Additionally, a substance suspected to be marijuana was found.

Danllerli Cabrera later emerged at the Port Authority office to inquire about his vehicle. After settling the necessary fees, he accompanied police to the impound lot, where he accessed the vehicle using a key but denied ownership. Cabrera claimed the black Coach bag found in the vehicle but disavowed the firearm contained within.

Lacking a valid license for the firearm, Cabrera was detained and faced charges including possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition, and improper storage of a firearm in a vehicle. Initially held on a $25,000 bail, which he could not post, Cabrera was detained.

In a subsequent court hearing, Magistrate Simone VanHolten-Turnbull revised Cabrera’s bail to include a $1,000 cash component, which was met. The specifics of Cabrera’s pre-trial conditions remain undisclosed, with his next court date scheduled for March 22.

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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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