Corrections officer accused of bringing drugs into Golden Grove will be prosecuted in federal court


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ST. CROIX - A V.I. Corrections Bureau officer arrested last month on charges of bringing marijuana and cocaine into Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility will now be tried in federal court.

Yasmeen Massicott, 33, appeared before Magistrate Jessica Gallivan on Wednesday on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and introduction of narcotics into a prison facility, where prosecutors said a statement of no prosecution has been filed and the case is dismissed.

According to the statement filed by Deputy Attorney General Bruce Marshack, the case has been transferred to the U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecution.

According to court documents, Massicott was arrested Dec. 14 and on Dec. 17, the day she was advised of her rights in Magistrate Court, agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration expressed interest in the case.

A warrant was subsequently issued and Massicott was taken into federal custody two days later and charged with two federal counts of introduction of prison contraband, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and one count of conflict of interest.

DEA Agent Tracey Gardner said in her affidavit that she received information concerning Massicott's arrest based on a police report submitted by V.I. Police Officer Richard White.

According to White's report, police were called to the correctional facility just before 3 p.m. Dec. 14.

Based on information relayed to White by a senior corrections officer, Massicott, who has been a corrections officer for three years, was on duty when she informed the sergeant that she had to go to her car to get something.

He said she went out into the parking lot, but instead of going to her car, she went to another car for a short period, then came back to the main entrance of the facility with a brown paper bag in her hand.

The senior corrections officer told police that he asked Massicott what was in the bag, and she said it was her lunch. However, when he asked to inspect it before she went inside, she refused.

The senior corrections officer said when he insisted to see inside the bag, Massicott said she did not want him to inspect it and would just take it back to her vehicle, according to White's report.

Massicott was not allowed to leave and the bag was confiscated. The senior corrections officer said when he took the bag from her, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana, and Massicott was detained and 911 dispatchers were asked to send a police unit to the prison.

White said the paper bag contained four sandwich bags that contained a green leafy substance that later field-tested positive as 131 grams of marijuana. There was also a smaller plastic bag that contained a white powder substance that tested positive as 16 grams of cocaine, White said.

Massicott was arrested, and bail was set at $10,000.

She was allowed released to a third-party custodian after posting 10 percent of the bail in the case.

When the statement of no prosecution was filed in the case Wednesday, her bail was exonerated and all conditions of restraint against her were vacated in the local court.

Massicott, however, remains on conditions of release set by Magistrate George Cannon in federal court where she was allowed released on an unsecured bond that was set in the amount of $25,000.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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