Customs Nabs Two From Atlanta With 15 Kilos Of Marijuana In Their Luggage
ARRESTED: Noelle Bishopel
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two people from Georgia were caught with a total of 15 kilos of marijuana in their luggage on St. Thomas, according to federal authorities.
Sierra Wimberly, 25, and Noelle Bishopel, 27, each from Atlanta, made their initial appearances on April 7, 2016, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after being charged in separate complaints with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.
Wimberly and Bishopel were each released on unsecured $10,000 bonds pending further proceedings, Sharpe said.
According to the complaints, on April 6, 2016, at the Cyril E. King InternationalAirport, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) K-9 detected narcotics in checked bags belonging to Wimberly and Bishopel, who had arrived on a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta.
When Wimberly and Bishopel de-planed the aircraft, they were taken to secondary inspection where their checked bags were examined.
CBP officers seized and field-tested approximately 4.9 kilograms of marijuana from Wimberly’s bag and approximately 10.25 kilograms of marijuana from Bishopel’s bag.
Under federal law if convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Wimberly and Bishopel each face 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 U.S. Attorney Everard Potter.
Sharpe reminded the public 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.
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