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Officers in largest drugs bust were ‘suspected’ of being corrupt

Officers in largest drugs bust were ‘suspected’ of being corrupt

Outgoing Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews has revealed that the two officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) who were implicated and charged in the $250 million drug bust in the Balsam Ghut area in November 2020, were suspected of being corrupt.

The Commissioner made the revelation on a Friday, January 15, 2021, episode of JTV’s The Big Story with host Cathy O. Richards.

The serving officers charged following the drug bust on Friday, November 6, 2020, were Darren Davis, 41, a resident on Tortola and officer Emile Jimenez, 32.

Darren Davis, left, and Leston Davis at the Magistrate's Court in John's Hole on November 10, 2020.

Bad news to arrest cops – CoP Matthews

“The bad news that we arrested these officers is also good news that we actually caught people who were suspected of being corrupt,” Mr Matthews told Richards.

Darren, along with his brother, Leston Davis were on November 10, 2020, jointly charged with 3 counts of Possession of Illegal Drugs with Intent to Supply; 1 count of Keeping a Firearm Without a License and 1 count of Possession of a Prohibited Firearm.

Then on December 3, 2020, Jimenez was charged with one count of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug to another, three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, one count of keeping a firearm without a licence, and one count of unlawful possession of a prohibited weapon.

Emile Jimenez, 32, is the second police officer charged in relation to the major drug bust in early November 2020.

Entire RVIPF not corrupt – CoP Matthews

However, while Cop Matthews indicated that he was pleased with the arrests, he said the discovery of corrupt officers do not indicate that the entire force is corrupt.

“The vast majority of people I've worked with the last five years are honest hardworking officers with great levels of integrity and not everyone is going to agree with the statement," Mr Matthews went on to say.

He said that while some people would have had a bad experience with the force, "I accept all of that, but you can't just put a brush across the whole Force and say you're all corrupt."

The Top CoP related that while it is bad news when members of the police are implicated in crime, he said the good news is that the force is constantly looking for corrupt officers and have systems in place to identify those individuals.


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