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Two St. Croix Men Get Probation For Picking Up Eleven Pounds Of Marijuana

CHRISTIANSTED – Two St. Croix men were sentenced on Monday in federal court to three years probation for picking up a package containing nearly 11 pounds of marijuana at a United States post office.

Lamont Sweeney, 41, and Shawn Webster, 42, were given that sentence by Senior District Court Judge Raymond Finch at the Almeric Christian Federal Courthouse in Estate Golden Rock, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As part of Finch’s judgment, Sweeney and Webster were also assessed a fine of $500 and a $100 special monetary assessment, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Sweeney and Webster pleaded guilty to the charges against them on September 28, 2015.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on March 17, 2014, an individual asked Sweeney to have Webster pick up a package from the Richmond Post Office just west of Christiansted town.

Sweeney called Webster, who agreed to pick up the package. Both Sweeney and Webster knew the package contained 4,980 grams of marijuana, Sharpe said.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the assistance of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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