The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force announced on Friday, July 30, that well-known officer, Sergeant Troy St. Helen, has been placed on suspension for drug-related offences.
Via a press release, the RVIPF said the 39-year-old Jennings Hill resident had been charged for possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.
St. Helen is to make his maiden appearance before the Magistrate’s Court sometime today.
The release further informed that the law enforcement officer had been interdicted from duty earlier this year following his suspected involvement in the January drug seizure, which involved over 200 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $200 million.
During that drug bust which occurred in Brandywine Bay on Tortola in January, police have since captured and charged Shaun Massicott, 28, of East End, with the same charges as St. Helen.
Devon Bedford of Harrigan Estate had been previously charged in the matter.
“During an operation on January 19 of this year in the Brandywine area, officers of the Force intercepted a rental vehicle. A search of that vehicle uncovered a large quantity of cocaine. A subsequent search of a second vehicle uncovered a smaller quantity of cocaine. A boat was seized as part of that operation,” the release added.
Just last year, the RVIPF captured and charged two more serving members of its ranks with cocaine valued at over $200 million in Balsam Ghut.