36-Year-Old Catherine’s Rest Man Gets Three Years Probation For Growing Weed In His Yard
CHRISTIANSTED – A 36-year-old St. Croix man was sentenced to three years probation in federal court after admitting to growing marijuana on his property, according to a U.S. Department of Justice official.
Senior U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Finch on Thursday sentenced Michael Velez of Estate Catherine’s Rest to three years of probation, six months of electronic monitoring, and a $500 fine on one count of manufacture of marijuana, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.
According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Velez admitted that on January 29,2015, he was the sole resident of property located at 4-0 Catherine’s Rest, St. Croix, where U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) officers found 204 marijuana plants while executing a search warrant for the premises.
Court records indicate that law enforcement also discovered cultivation equipment, including lights, watering mechanisms, and cloning solution.
The case was investigated by the DEA and the VIPD and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian Stringer.