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St. Thomas Man Indicted By Federal Grand Jury For Marijuana Smuggling


           Kasimir Asim McClean

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment on November 5, 2015 charging a 37-year-old St. Thomas man with trying to import marijuana to the territory, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Kasimir Asim McClean is charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said Friday.

McClean was arrested on September 26 and released pending trial. He is awaiting arraignment and advice of rights on the indictment.

According to the indictment and court documents, McClean was a passenger on a Delta Airlines flight arriving at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas from Atlanta, Georgia, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, with the assistance of a canine, found approximately five kilos of marijuana in his luggage.
United States Attorney Sharpe said that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty,” he said.

This case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.

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John McCarthy

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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