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J'can among three cops slapped with criminal charges in BVI

Published:Sunday | April 10, 2016 | 4:39 PM

A Jamaican is among three policemen in the British Virgin Islands who have been arrested on several charges, including the theft of thousands of US dollars from alleged drug dealers.

The Jamaican has been identified as Shawn Henry, a member of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force. He has been accused along with Pamphill Prevost of Dominica and Simon Power, a resident of the British Virgin Islands.

The three have been charged with theft; acquisition, possession or use of proceeds of criminal conduct; removing property from the territory; possession of a controlled substance with intention to supply another; and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The policemen, who were arrested last Tuesday following a near two-year investigation, were denied bail when they appeared in a BVI court on Friday.

The cops are accused of stealing approximately US$20,000 from an alleged criminal.

On Friday, prosecutors told the court that the three cops, who were members of the Proactive Unit of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, used intelligence to conduct sting operations during which they would intercept alleged criminals and steal a portion of the narcotics and monies seized.

In addition to those charges, Prevost and Power have been indicted for three counts of theft. Both policemen allegedly stole US$14,000 from an alleged drug dealer. Prosecutors say they also stole between US$60,000 and US$80,000 from two other drug dealers in October 2012, in addition to 158 kilogrammes of ganja.

It is alleged that they also swindled an unknown sum of cash from two Puerto Ricans purported to be criminals.

The two cops have also been accused of tampering with evidence. Prosecutors say they removed the seals from exhibit bags, stole cash from them, and then replaced them with new notes.

Prevost also faces a lone charge of stealing US$15,880 that was seized during a police operation in Hodges Creek in the Virgin Islands, January 2014.