Police: Corrections officer attempted to smuggle drugs

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ST. CROIX - V.I. Corrections Bureau officers kept watch over one of their own this weekend after a Corrections officer was arrested and charge with bringing marijuana and cocaine into Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

Yasmeen Massicott, 33, appeared before Magistrate Miguel Camacho on Monday morning and was advised of her rights on the charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute it and introduction of narcotics into a prison facility.

According to a police report filed in court by V.I. Police Officer Richard White, police were called to the correctional facility just before 3 p.m. Saturday, responding to a call of introduction of drugs to the prison.

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, White said.

He said she went out into the parking lot, but did not go to her car, and 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, but 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 emergency 911 dispatchers were notified 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 for marijuana, and there was a smaller plastic bag that contained a white powder substance that tested positive for cocaine.

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

At the hearing Monday, Camacho advised Massicott that if she is tried and convicted of the charges, she could face up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine on the distribution charge and up to 10 years in prison on the introduction charge.

Assistant Public Defender Leslie Davis asked the court to allow Massicott to be released to a third-party custodian after they both signed an unsecured bond in the amount of the bail.

While there was no objection from the prosecution, Camacho said he was not in agreement with the condition of an unsecured bond and said Massicott would have to post at least 10 percent of the bail in cash before she is allowed released from jail.

Massicott posted bail and was released Monday afternoon. Her arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 8.

Massicott is the second Corrections officer this year charged with introducing narcotics into the prison.

Police charged Corrections Officer Isabel Urgent in January with attempting to bring narcotics into the prison when another officer tipped Warden Basil Richards off that Urgent was coming to work with marijuana. Richards said he arrived at the prison before Urgent's shift and when he questioned her, she admitted that she had a marijuana cigarette and a lighter inside her bra and was arrested.

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

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