Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
CHRISTIANSTED – A federal sting operation on St. Croix has netted two sexual predators on the Big Island. Josue Navarro, 36, of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, pleaded guilty on Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon, Jr., to attempted coercion and enticement for illegal sexual activity, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Dominican Republic national was given one year in prison for illegally returning to the United States four years after he was deported. Gustavo Adolfo Jimenez Polanco, 30, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas for illegally re-entering the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen
CONVICTED TODAY: Germaine Hall (left) and Craig Richardson (right) CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two St. Thomas men were given 14 and 13.3 years in prison respectively for their part in a conspiracy to ship drugs from the Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland with the help of one of Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s bodyguards.
DOPE RIDE: Ashley Warner, 54, of Road Town, Tortola British Virgin Islands admitted in federal court that he was a coke dealer today. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A British Virgin Islander admitted in federal court today to trying to smuggle about 22 pounds of cocaine in coolers through St. Thomas. Ashley
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl in February appeared in a federal courtroom to hear the charges against him for the first time today. Osvaldo Tavarez, 48, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after a Federal Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A native of Dominica who was arrested after a fight in April faces 10 years in prison after admitting in federal court to being an illegal alien with a gun. Lester Gabriel Charles, 35, of Roseau pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez to possession of
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A government contractor teaching computer skills for the Department of Labor has been given 1.5 years in prison by a federal judge for alien smuggling and identification fraud. Dean Baptiste, 53, of St. Thomas, was sentenced Wednesday on separate indictments charging conspiracy to traffic illegal aliens and bank
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Mexican national was sentenced in federal court today for entering St. Thomas illegally. Filiberto Moreno, 50, of Mexico, was given four months in prison for illegal reentry into the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also sentenced Moreno
SECURITY OFFICE NEAL CHESTERFIELD: Sentenced to 5.83334 years in prison today. 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
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A former peace officer with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) was found guilty of trying to move at least 100 kilos of cocaine to the U.S. mainland in federal court on Thursday. Gerald Mercer, 43, was found guilty by a jury in U.S. District