While fentanyl and other opioids have become a major public health crisis throughout much of the mainland, the drugs are not prevalent in the Virgin Islands.

V.I. Health Department spokeswoman Jahnesta Ritter said in an email Wednesday that an arrest for possession of the drug is “very alarming,” and the department will be discussing the DEA’s concerns about opioids being sold at the refinery housing complex on St. Croix.

- Contact Suzanne Carlson at 340-714-9122 or email scarlson@dailynews.vi.