Michigan Woman Faces Marijuana Smuggling Charges In Federal Court
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 30-year-old Michigan woman was in federal court on Thursday to face charges that she was smuggling marijuana.
Deangelia D. Quintana appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after being charged with “possession with intent to distribute marijuana,” U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe Islands Area Port Director Louis Harrigan said.
Quintana was detained pending preliminary and detention hearings set for today.
According to the complaint, on Wednesday March 2, Quintana arrived at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas on board a Delta flight from Atlanta.
CBP officers approached Quintana as she removed two bags from the carousel at the baggage claim area.
Quintana was taken to secondary inspection where CBP officers searched her bags and discovered a large bundle of plastic in each bag.
Within the plastic, CBP discovered approximately 23 kilos of what was field tested to be marijuana. When questioned, Quintana admitted that the bags were hers.
“CBP officers remain vigilant to detect and seize illegal contraband being illegally brought into our islands,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Virgin Islands Area Port Director Harrigan said.
Under federal law if convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Quintana faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case is being investigated by CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.
Sharpe said that a complaint is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.
“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” he said.
U.S. Magistrate Ruth Miller