ST. THOMAS, V.I. – A police operation conducted in the Red Hook area Thursday
led to the arrests of a man and woman on drugs and weapons charges.
Jamarl Jacobs, 36, of Estate
Lovenlund and Yocelin Franco Roa, 36, of Altona appeared before V.I. Superior
Court Magistrate Carolyn Hermon Percell on Friday morning following their
arrests in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday. Based on the probable cause fact
sheet, Magistrate Hermon Percell determined that there was sufficient evidence
to support the charges of constructive possession of an unlicensed firearm and
constructive possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute for
each of the two.
Magistrate Hermon Percell set bail
for Jacobs at $25,000 and imposed a number of bail conditions, which include a
7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily curfew. Bail for
Roa was set at $15,000; however, the court ordered her to provide written confirmation
of her residence before she can be released from custody. Both were also
ordered to surrender their passports.
A probable cause fact sheet filed by
Det. Cornel Esprit states that on Feb. 2 at approximately 2:11 a.m., a group of
police officers was conducting a traffic stop at the Total Gas station in Red
Hook when they observed Jacobs repeatedly going in and out of the vehicle he
was driving. Police ordered two women who were sitting inside the vehicle to
get out of the vehicle and they complied.
Jacobs, who was
seated in the driver’s seat, was also ordered to step out of the vehicle. When
he did, Det. Esprit inspected the vehicle and saw, in plain view, a black bag
with a handle slightly sticking out from under the seat. Esprit touched the bag
and felt magazines for a firearm. The bag also contained a Glock handgun and
four magazines for various caliber of guns, Det. Esprit wrote.
Officers also searched inside of
the vehicle’s glove compartment and found at least 17 small bags of marijuana
concealed inside two snack containers, according to Det. Esprit.
Jacobs and Roa are scheduled to
make their second court appearance on Feb. 16 for their arraignment hearing, at
which they each will formally enter pleas to the charges.