Mapp Bodyguard Takes The Fall For Attempting To Deliver Nearly 50 Pounds of Cocaine To The U.S. Mainland From Rock City
MAPP’S BODYGUARD: Neal Chesterfield
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A “dignity” bodyguard for Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp based on St. Thomas has admitted in federal court to trying to deliver nearly 50 pounds of high-grade cocaine to the U.S. mainland, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
On Thursday, Neal A. Chesterfield, 39, of St. Thomas pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez to possession with intent to distribute 21.5 kilograms of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said. The amount 21.5 kilograms equals about 47.4 pounds.
Chesterfield’s sentencing is scheduled for April 6, 2017, Sharpe said.
According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on September 3, 2016, Chesterfield a Security Officer for Mapp, used his law enforcement credentials to bypass Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening and was about to board Spirit Airlines flight 212 destined for Fort Lauderdale when he was approached by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers.
Mapp is a former New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer and a former bodyguard to the late Gov. Juan F. Luis. The governor was born in New York but raised in St. Croix.
When first questioned by CBP, Chesterfield claimed possession of a small black carry-on bag but later denied ownership after a CBP K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the bag.
At secondary screening, CBP officers inspected the carry-on and discovered 18 plastic-wrapped packages, the contents of which tested positive for 21.44 kilograms of cocaine.
CBP officers also discovered $26,025 in U.S. currency inside of a small computer bag also in Chesterfield’s possession.
Chesterfield faces a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years and not more than life in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000,000.
He was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Delia Smith.
A TIME TO BUILD A WALL OF COCAINE
ME NO NO MESON: “Look at the pretty picture on the charette, not ME!” –Gov. Kenneth Mapp