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St. Croix’s Dequan Forde Admits To Smuggling 20 Pounds of Marijuana From MIA To STX

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man admitted in federal court on Thursday that he smuggled nearly 20 pounds of marijuana from Miami to Frederiksted last year.

Dequan Forde, 21, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to one federal count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

The offense carries a possible prison sentence of up to five years, a maximum fine of up to $250,000 dollars and a term of supervised release of at least two years, according to Shappert.

Sentencing for Forde is set for October 9, she said.

While free awaiting trial on the 2018 federal charges, Forde has been accused of a host of other crimes by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), including home invasion, armed robbery and illegal gun possession.

According to court documents, on January 31, 2018, Forde traveled on American Airlines flight #2317 from Miami to St. Croix.

Upon his landing at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix, an x-ray examination of Forde’s luggage displayed unusual packaging.

A physical examination of the luggage revealed a laundry bag that contained two vacuumed-sealed bags containing suspected marijuana.

The luggage was subsequently placed on the baggage carousel where Forde retrieved it.

The total gross weight of the marijuana was approximately 9.40 kilograms, or about 20 pounds.

The case was investigated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The marijuana was analyzed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Southeast Laboratory in Miami.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel H. Huston prosecuted the case.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.


  1. Joan
    June 10, 2019 at 10:50 AM — Reply

    Look at all the priors on this SKUNT. Inbred fool. I hope he stays in prison for a long time, this time!!!!!

  2. Jon
    June 10, 2019 at 12:31 PM — Reply

    Shut up atleast it wasent crack hoe

  3. Joan
    June 10, 2019 at 4:55 PM — Reply

    home invasion and illegal firearms…hmm that is worse than crack

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