Man Busted Twice In Two Months On Drug Sales Charges

Three men were arrested over the weekend on drug charges — one for the second time in as many months. (Shutterstock image)

Less than two months after an arrest for allegedly selling drugs near American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook, Niah Henry was arrested again in the same area Friday night on similar charges, Virgin Islands Police Department officials said Monday.

Henry, 33, was arrested Jan. 24 after police allegedly found marijuana and cocaine in his backpack and car. He was charged with possession of illegal narcotics with intent to distribute. Bail was set at $7,500. Friday night, 52 days later, police in the same area said they saw Henry bagging and selling drugs in almost the same spot. This time it was crack and powder, marijuana, and pills police were working to identify, said VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte.

Henry was held without bail and turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice of rights hearing.

On Saturday, at approximately 9 p.m., police stopped a vehicle operated by Ronald A. Smith on Emile Francis Memorial Drive. Officers allegedly found an unlicensed firearm with an obliterated serial number and unspecified narcotics they allege Smith, 39, intended to sell. Smith’s bail was set at $150,000. Unable to post bail, Smith was turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending his advice of rights hearing.

Earlier Saturday, at around 4 p.m., detectives were summoned to Cyril E. King airport for an 18-year-old man detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Kahlil Y. Henley Jr had two pieces of luggage, one allegedly filled with “a large quantity of a green leafy substance,” police said. Henley was taken into police custody and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Bail was set at $7,500.

It wasn’t clear how Henley got to be at the airport, if he was intending to fly out or had just arrived. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately return messages asking for more information.