DPNR and government Out of Control?
The arrest of the head of the DPNR requires us to ask if this agency , like others in the USVI ,is hopelessly corrupt and out of control. It is obvious that we are now living in a "third world country" type environment with the lack of morals that seem to encourage our government leaders to steal and take advantage of our resources and citizens.
I always try to see the good side of every situation, but our Senators and President seem to be BLIND to the criminals that have become a part of our government. I guess they are a part of the problem. What can we do?
If our government agents are running drugs and selling guns to criminals, what can we do? I look to other countries around the world where "rebels" try to protect the citizens. Are we in that situation??
Maybe I am over reacting, but I am now more frightened by my own government, than the gang kids on the street.
Point taken, but same has happened in the states and has been for many years, and many non 3rd world countries.
First hand knowledge, over 10 years ago one of my best friends, a police eofficer, discovered drug trafficking thru Tiverton and Newport RI. This drug trafficking involved high officials and police officers. Reported it to his superiors, and nothing was done. He followed up by reported the situation to the state police. Within a week after reporting it to the state police, he was fired by his police department
Under police officer bill of rights, he appealed his firing. It took several years for him to be reinstated, and reinstatement only happened after the federal authorities arrested high ranking police officials(think the assistant chief in one town and the head of detectives in the other)-------the same players he initially reported 5 years earlier.
Tiverton and Newport RI have island setup-----lots of ocean. Newport is also known for the rich and famous.
The drug trafficking operation above involved over 5 police departments, Over 100 arrested, most pleaded guilty, and few that didn't, were found guilty. The drug trafficking was traced back to Columbia drug lords----------and it found players in the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island.
As long as we have opportunity and individuals who believe they are above the law, quick and easy money from drug trafficking will continue to lure them
Our only defense, our HONEST AND HARD WORKING LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL , and harsh penalties for those who are arrested.
Simply put, its a sad day for our Virgin Islands this high ranking officials have been arrested and charged for drug trafficking. However, you in my opinion, you are over reacting.
I try to take heart that at least some arrests are happening. They got another one yesterday:
Good thing his Mom has property valued at $850K to plop down for his bail.
These people that are supposed to uphold the law and instead break it, sell drugs, guns and contibute to even more crime in the islands, deserve to be put in jail for a very long time. Hope they catch them all. This is not the first time DPNR agents have been involved in criminal situations and it is deplorable.
That was a good catch on the part of the feds. These corruption issues really don't surprise all that much anymore. It's just a question of who next and when they get caught.
This 2005 daily news investigative report (pdf), Contracts and Cronies, was a real eye opener for me.
Drugs and GUNS! Missing confiscated weapons... http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2013/05/23/no-record-guns-confiscated-dpnr-cop-accused-drug-smuggling
i wonder when a former police offical is under house arrest, who's in charge of montitoring his confinment? His pals at VIPD? With the new allegations and hopefuly ADDITIONAL FEDERAL charges, maybe this guy can be transfered to Federal detention facility in PR.
This is very sad. I can't believe they let him out on bond. You'd think his decades of employment (and resulting "connections" http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/affidavit-hill-gave-cocaine-to-tapia-1.1496096 ) with local law enforcement would be enough to keep under lock and key at least away form the phone and methods of communicatin with his gang cronies.
I remember another big bust years ago. After the head honcho was arrested, local boys were dropping all over STT. I wonder if there is any connection to the latest shooting spree on STT.
I hope the feds continue to have his phone and his mom's phones tapped. Who really believes he's not communicating with his gang cronies. Un-friggeen-believable.