The major drug bust involving two serving members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Darren Davis and Emile Jimenez, along with Darren's brother – Liston Davis, has been scheduled for trial in November.
When the matter came up for report last Thursday, April 29, on Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin's docket, it was agreed that the $250 million cocaine bust matter be scheduled for trial from November 1st to the 5th and continue on the 9th to the 12th of the same month.
The Davis brothers were jointly charged with five complaints - three counts of Possession of a Controlled Drug with Intent to Supply (23.70-kilograms), Possession of a Controlled Drug (159.04-kilograms), and Possession of a Controlled Drug (2170.84 kilograms).
They were also charged with – Keeping a firearm without a License and Possession of a Prohibited Loaded Firearm.
The firearms were one Glock Tarrus, and the other was a FAB MW G riffle.
Jimenez is charged with one count of being Concerned in the Supply of a Controlled Drug to Another, three counts of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Drug with Intent to Supply, one count of Keeping a Firearm without a License, and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.
According to the allegations told to the court by Acting Director of Public Prosecution Tiffany Scatliffe Esprit, on the day in question – November 6 last year, a select group of police officers from the RVIPF conducted a covert operation as part of an extensive probe on a drug-smuggling operation.
The surveillance operation lasted almost all day, followed by a search of the said property, which belonged to the mother of the Davis brothers.
During their search, police unearthed the drugs, stashed in a container, a white truck and a red Ford Explorer, which they later discovered is registered to the Davis' mother.
Police also encountered Liston, who was allowed to leave the property after they looked inside his vehicle.
There was also a rental vehicle involved, however when police visited the residence of the owner, that person was not home, but one of the keys found on the scene opened the door to the unknown person's house. The men were later arrested and charged with the offences before the court.
Meanwhile, in relations to Jimenez, police say they have in their possession surveillance footage and documents linking him to the drugs and firearms.
On November 6, 2020, during the raid on the Balsam Ghut property, he reportedly came to the location, inquiring about the reason for the search, although he was not part of the operation.
Investigations into his involvement were conducted, and he was later arrested at his post at the West End Police Station and later charged with the offences.