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Four Kilos Of Marijuana Nets St. Thomas Man 10 Months In Jail


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 37-year-old St. Thomas man was sentenced to 10 months in prison for attempting to smuggle four kilograms of marijuana into the territory, according to federal authorities.

Kasimir Asim McClean was given that sentence and three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute about four kilograms of marijuana by U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez on Monday, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

McClean was also ordered by Judge Gomez to pay a special assessment of $100 and perform 400 hours of community service, Sharpe said.

On November 23, 2015, McClean pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana. According to the plea agreement, McClean was arrested on September 26, 2015, when he arrived at the Cyril E. King International Airport aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta, Georgia.

As part of his plea, McClean admitted that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, with the assistance of a canine, found approximately four kilograms of marijuana in his carry-on luggage.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland

Security Investigations, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard Potter.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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