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Jury Still Out on VIPD Corruption Case

After nearly nine hours of deliberation Monday, the jury deciding the fate of one of the Virgin Island’s highest-ranking police officers and his cohorts asked for at least another day to weigh the evidence.
Capt. Enrique Saldana, a 22-year VIPD veteran and chief of all VIPD detectives until he was arrested last August, faces six federal and four local charges ranging from extortion to obstructing justice, as do his alleged accomplices, VIPD Sgt. George Greene and St. Croix resident Louis Roldan.
During the five-day trial last week, federal prosecutors presented piles of evidence against the three, including video footage showing Greene and Roldan accepting a $5,000 payoff from 51-year-old Richard Motta, in exchange for them returning evidence they failed to report and for promising not to turn over fake drugs Motta possessed to federal agents that might have led to federal drug charges.
Prosecutors say the deal amounted to extortion.
Defense attorneys, however, chalked up the failure to log evidence (including cash and possible drugs) and the failure to log the required reports during a drug investigation, to low standards at the VIPD—not criminal behavior.
They say Saldana, Greene and Roldan were deep into an alleged murder-for-hire investigation of Motta, although they have never been able to explain why the trio never turned in the $5,000 bribe as evidence.
During day five of the trial, the murder-for-hire scheme appeared to be a red herring, which never led to either a documented investigation or formal charges. (For a detailed breakdown of the trial’s fascinating twists and turns, see link at story’s end.)
The nine women and three men of the jury resume deliberations Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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