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U.S. Customs Nabs Haitian Cocaine Smugglers Who Came From St. Lucia

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NEW YORK – The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) say they have detained two people, including a Haitian, on drug related charges.

CBP said that its officers had detained United States citizen, Elisabethmone Lewis and Haitian Anne Cadet, in two separate occasions earlier this month.

It said Lewis was attempting to smuggle approximately three pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $59,000 on a visit from St Lucia, while Cadet was attempting to smuggle approximately five pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $77,000.

“These seizures demonstrate our officers vigilance and daily commitment at JFK, in keeping prohibited and dangerous narcotics off the streets and out of our communities,” said Robert E Perez, CBP Director, Field Operations in New York.

CBP said the smugglers now face federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District Court of New York.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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