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Michigan Woman Who Tried To Bring 43 Pounds Of Marijuana Into Rock City Gets Six Months In Prison


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Michigan woman who tried to smuggle nearly 43 pounds of marijuana into St. Thomas through the airport was sentenced in federal court to a half year in prison on Thursday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Deangelia D. Quintana, 30, of Flint, Michigan got six months in prison for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute from U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Gomez also sentenced Quintana to three years of supervised release, and ordered her to pay a special assessment of $100 and perform 200 hours of community service, Sharpe said.

On June 6, 2016, Quintana pleaded guilty to possession of 19.5 kilograms of marijuana with intent to distribute. According to court records, on Wednesday March 2, 2016, Quintana arrived at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas from Atlanta, Georgia, on a Delta flight.

Based on information received, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers made contact with Quintana as she approached the carousel in the baggage claim area and removed two bags.

Quintana was taken to secondary inspection where CBP officers searched her bags and discovered a large bundle of plastic in each bag. CBP discovered approximately 19.5 kilograms of marijuana in the plastic. Quintana admitted that the bags were hers.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard E. Potter.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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