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Tolomah Foy of St. Thomas Faces Five Years In Prison For Allegedly Trying To Sell About One Ounce of Crack Cocaine

CRACK DEALER? Tolomah Foy is accused of selling about one ounce of cocaine near a local high school.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 23-year-old St. Thomas man appeared in federal court on Monday to answer charges that he is a crack cocaine dealer.

Tolomah Foy made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after being charged with possession with intent to distribute about 29 grams of crack cocaine, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

The weight of 29 grams is 1.02294 ounces. A regular-sized can of Coca-Cola contains 12 fluid ounces of soft drink.

Miller released Foy on a $10,000 unsecured bond and set Foy’s preliminary hearing for December 14, 2016, Sharpe said.

According to the complaint, on Saturday, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) arrested Foy in the Red Hook area of St. Thomas after agents made several purchases of crack cocaine from him.

Under federal law if convicted of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, Foy faces a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000,000. This case is being investigated by the ATF.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard Potter.

Sharpe said that a complaint is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence in and of itself of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” he said.

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