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Car Chase Leads to Cocaine Discovery

An attempted routine traffic stop by VIPD led to a car chase on St. Thomas Friday and the discovery of cocaine inside the vehicle, the V.I. Police Department reported.

At approximately 6:13 p.m. officers attempted a traffic stop on a silver Toyota, on Turpentine Run Road in the area of the Bovoni Bridge intersection due to no registration sticker, no visible front license plate and violation of tint past the AS1 line on the front windshield of the vehicle, according to the police report.

Officers immediately turned on their lights, alerting the operator of the vehicle to stop. The
driver, however, began speeding and overtook three vehicles while traveling in the opposite
lane. The vehicles traveling in the eastbound lane were forced to maneuver abruptly to avoid collision. Officers continued to pursue the vehicle until the driver came to a stop in the area of Estate Mariendahl, the police report stated.

The driver of the Toyota was then identified as 24-year-old Jeveon Trotman. When Trotman
exited his vehicle, he was patted down for officer safety. During the traffic stop, officers
smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, the report stated.

During the vehicle inspection, officers discovered a brown paper bag in the glove box
containing individual packed clear bags with a white powdery substance, which a test kit
revealed tested positive for cocaine, according to the report.

Trotman was arrested, and his bail was set at $45,000. He was turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending this advice of rights hearing, police said.

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