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4 St. Croix Men Indicted on Drug Charges Appear in Court Today

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CHRISTIANSTED – Four St. Croix men made their initial appearance today in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock before U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon after their arrest for drug-related offenses, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Those indicted  on drug charges are:

  • Bruce McIntosh, 52, aka “Bird” aka “Butch.” He is charged with five counts of Distribution of Cocaine, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Distribution of Cocaine, and one count of using a communications facility in causing or facilitating the commission of felonies under the controlled substances act.
  •  Misael Melendez, 49, aka “Salao.” Melendez is charged with three counts of Distribution of Cocaine and one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
  •  Winston Decastro, 42, aka “Moo-Moo.” He is charged with one count of Distribution of Cocaine and one count of Possession of Cocaine.
  • Carl Hansen, 55, aka “Cuz” & “Aquillo.” He is charged with one count of Conspiracy to Commit Distribution of Cocaine and one count of Using a Communications Facility in Causing or Facilitating the Commission of Felonies under the Controlled  Substances Act.

A federal grand jury indicted the four defendants on Tuesday, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe.

Decastro was arrested Tuesday evening and the other three men were arrested early this morning by federal law enforcement officers and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), Sharpe said.

Judge Cannon ordered McIntosh, Melendez and Decastro detained pending further proceedings. He also ordered Hansen released on an unsecured $50,000 bond, and scheduled the arraignment and detention hearing for September 21.

The maximum penalties for conviction of the charged offenses are as follows: Distribution of Cocaine, 40 years in prison; Conspiracy to Commit Distribution of Cocaine, 40 years in prison; Felon in Possession of a Firearm, 10 years in prison; Using a Communications Facility in Causing or Facilitating the Commission of Felonies Under the Controlled Substances Act, four years in prison; Possession of Cocaine, one year in prison.

Sharpe reminded the public that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the VIPD, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, with assistance from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division, U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian H. Stringer.

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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 40 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.

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