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Carl ‘Cuz’ Hansen Gets Slap On The Wrist From Chief Federal Judge For Using Cell Phone To Conduct Drug Deals

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Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis

CHRISTIANSTED – A 56-year-old St. Croix man was given a suspended sentence after admitting to using a cell phone to conduct drug deals, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Carl “Cuz” Hansen was given four years probation by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Wilma A. Lewis on Wednesday for using a phone to facilitate a drug felony, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Chief Judge Lewis also ordered Hansen, aka “Aquillo,” to serve the first six months of his probation on home detention, pay a $100 special assessment, and perform 200 hours of community service, Sharpe said.

On April 14, 2016, Hansen pleaded guilty to using a communication facility to facilitate a drug felony. According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on May 7, 2015, Hansen had a telephone conversation with a co-defendant to set up a purchase of controlled substances for a third party.

Although Hansen did not personally sell any controlled substances, his actions facilitated the drug deal.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Vlasova.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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