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NOELLE BISHOPEL: FOUR MONTHS IN PRISON FOR 21 POUNDS OF POT IN HER LUGGAGE

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two Atlanta women were sentenced to prison to two to four months for their roles in an attempted marijuana smuggling operation between Georgia and the territory, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Noelle Bishopel, 27, and Sierra Wimberly, 26, each were sentenced by U.S. District Court in St. Thomas Judge Curtis V. Gomez on December 8 after pleading guilty to possessing with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Wimberly to two months’ incarceration, two years of supervised release, 300 hours of community service and a $100 special assessment, Sharpe said.

Judge Gomez sentenced Bishopel to four months’ incarceration, two years of supervised release, 300 hours of community service and a special assessment of $100.

According to court records, on April 6, 2016, at the Cyril E. King International Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officers detected narcotics in checked bags belonging to Wimberly and Bishopel, who had arrived on a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta.

They were each taken to secondary inspection where their checked bags were further examined. CBP officers seized approximately 4.9 kilograms of marijuana from Wimberly’s bag, and 9.45 kilograms of marijuana from Bishopel’s bag.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard Potter.

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SIERRA WIMBERLY: TWO MONTHS IN PRISON FOR 11 POUNDS OF POT IN HER LUGGAGE

 

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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