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Airport Worker Who Strapped Cocaine To His Leg Pleads Guilty In Federal Court To Drug Smuggling

Dimitrous Jefferson

CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix airport worker who strapped cocaine to his leg in an unsuccessful attempt to get it past security officials pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges in federal court today.

Dimitrous Jefferson, 27, admitted to a charge of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

On May 4, 2016, Jefferson and co-defendant Ray Harris, were employees of Worldwide Flight Services at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix. As they entered the Transportation and Security Administration’s screening area, Jefferson triggered the metal detector.

A search of his person revealed a brick-like package wrapped with gray duct tape and strapped to his leg. Harris had a similar package strapped to his leg.

Both packages tested positive for cocaine. The total weight of the packages was approximately 992 grams.

Jefferson told law enforcement officers that he was assisting Harris, who pleaded guilty on February 17, 2017.

Jefferson faces up to 20 years of incarceration for the offense and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

A sentencing date has been set for June 28, 2017.

Co-defendant Harris’ sentencing is scheduled for June 22, 2017.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Jefferson’s Facebook page says that he is from San Diego, but law enforcement said that he is from St. Croix.

FROM ISLAND TIME TO PRISON TIME: Dimitrous Jefferson posting on Facebook.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

1 Comment

  1. Wilfred. Richards
    March 2, 2017 at 1:21 AM — Reply

    What is the matter with people who should know better? First an airport worker who should know better and then the ‘ would be’,smuggler’ of patties of/with cocaine.I guess they were only thinking of the monetary rewards, rather than the harsh consequences of long prison term. I guess they never heard that crime doesn’t pay

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