At VIFreepBreaking NewsCrime NewsGovernment House NewsPolice NewsSt. Thomas NewsU.S. Department of Justice

Mapp’s ‘Dignity Officer’ Gets Nearly Six Years In Prison For Running Cocaine On The Job

SECURITY OFFICE NEAL CHESTERFIELD: Sentenced to 5.83334 years in prison today.

[ad name=”HTML-68″]

[wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”]

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A former “dignity officer” assigned to Gov. Kenneth Mapp was given nearly six years in prison today for admitting to a cocaine-smuggling operation that spanned five years.

Neal Chesterfield, 41, of St. Thomas was sentenced to 70 months incarceration for his conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said today.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also sentenced Chesterfield to five years of supervised release and $100 special assessment, Shappert said.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court on December 1, 2016, Chesterfield was a member of a large-scale drug trafficking organization from 2011 through 2016.

In 2011, Chesterfield, a security officer at the Office of the Governor, was recruited by a co-conspirator who convinced him to use his law enforcement credentials to bypass security screening at Cyril E. King International Airport to smuggling large kilogram quantities of cocaine from St. Thomas to Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Once in Florida, Chesterfield delivered the cocaine to a co-conspirator for distribution in the continental United States at $33,000 per kilogram. During the course of the conspiracy, Chesterfield used his security clearance to smuggle over 200 kilograms of cocaine for the drug trafficking organization.

The smuggling operation was dismantled on September 3, 2016, after co-conspirator DPNR Officer Gerald Mercer contacted a CBP agent and reported that Chesterfield was traveling on that day with cocaine and had to be stopped. Within one hour of receiving the tip, CBP agents seized 22 kilograms of cocaine from Chesterfield’s carry-on suitcase.

Chesterfield was paid officially as a security officer to Juel Rhymer Molloy in Government House. Molloy is Mapp’s policy advisor.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Delia Smith.

To read more:

Previous post

Tortola Native Admits To Cocaine Conspiracy After Being Stopped With 39 Bricks of Coke

Next post

DPNR ALERT: Saharan Dust Presents An Air Pollution Hazard ... At Its Peak Right Now

The Author

John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

No Comment

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *