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Prison officer allegedly tried to sneak ganja, phone into USVI prison

29-year-old Falak Umrani was arrested after allegedly attempting to smuggle contraband into the Golden Grove Correctional Facility on St Croix on November 11, 2016. Photo: VIC

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — A corrections officer in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) was on Friday November 11, 2016 detained by another corrections officer and later arrested by police at the Golden Grove Correctional Facility on St Croix after she was found to be in possession of prison contraband, to include marijuana, a cellphone and cellphone charger, as well as drug paraphernalia.

This is according to [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer Glen Dratte.

The suspect, 29-year-old Falak Umrani hid the items on her person and in her bag, according to Mr Dratte. She attempted to smuggle into the prison approximately 1.5oz (45 grams) of marijuana.

Bureau of Corrections Director Rick Mullgrav said the prison has seen increased security under his leadership, and decried such behaviour at the facility.

“This kind of behaviour is most unfortunate and is not going to be tolerated,” he said. “We have taken significant steps in recent months to prevent contraband from entering our prisons.”

Ms Umrani was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Center pending her advise-of-rights hearing.

7 Responses to “Prison officer allegedly tried to sneak ganja, phone into USVI prison”

  • facts man (14/11/2016, 18:35) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    same thing happen here in the BVI every day without penaty
  • Observer (15/11/2016, 08:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the authority is to clean out the prisons around the territories you will be surprised at what one will find. The other day Prison Head Junie"Scrape" Hodge had a scraping at the prison in SKB as it was in the news but that wasnt even enough as later they still found stuff back into the prison. So therefore no matter what is done contrabands will still find they way back in.Most of the times the workers or staff are/is responsible for such. I wonder if my family did such while working there. I hope she conscious clear as a so called christian.As a people we have to be true to ourselves as it is God gonna judge us all for our actions.
  • de silent one (15/11/2016, 09:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    As you may have read, that under their new leadership, the security has been increased. Therefore more scrutiny has been done with what are brought into the institution. That's what needed to be done at HMP, but to do that, they have to start cleaning out the dishonest staff and anytime thereafter any staff been caught jeopardizing the system call in the police to deal with them if they need to be charge criminally. Then the court must follow through and sentence their ASS into the same institution for however long the sentence is. A strong message must be sent.
  • meen (15/11/2016, 12:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That prison like an old bucket...fulla hole
  • wake up (17/11/2016, 05:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    don't you think its time we start looking in the use of cannabis to keep violence out of our prisons and stop acting like its some super drug witch we have to fight because some dead white man told us to
  • Wonderful (08/12/2016, 08:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    for those of you who never experienced incarceration ganga is one of the ingredients for keeping a prison calm and riot free among other things take away these things and your creating a ticking time bomb believe it imagine being locked up for lets say 10 -20 years in a place full of tension that is lacking in all kinds of necessities you as a human has grown accustomed to being looking away from you can't hear from your love ones When your in a bad state of mind no cell phone,nothing to keep you calm one of the affects of ganga and nothing good is coming out of being locked up surrounded by drama everyday what you think will happen nothing nice trust me your going to fall into all the negative going on around you believe it experience talking blood will run especially summer time

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