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55-Year-Old Carl Hansen Faces 4 Years In Prison After Admitting To Doing Drug Deal On The Phone

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CHRISTIANSTED – A 55-year-old St. Croix man pleaded guilty in federal court to using a telephone to try conduct an illegal drug sale, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Carl Hansen made that plea in U.S. District Court in Estate Golden Rock before the U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Hansen admitted to one count of using a communications facility in causing or facilitating the commission of felonies under the Controlled Substances Act, according to Sharpe.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on May 7, 2015, Hansen facilitated a drug deal over the telephone between a prospective buyer and seller of illegal controlled substances.

Hansen faces a maximum of four years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the offense he admitted to.

A sentencing date has been set for August 17, 2016. The defendant remains out of custody pending sentencing.

The charge is the result of investigative work of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Virgin Islands Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian Stringer.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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