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St. Thomas Native Rhasheel Charles Admits To Trying To Smuggle Nearly Eight Pounds Of Coke From Rock City To Miami

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 30-year-old St. Thomas native admitted in federal court to conspiring to smuggle nearly eight pounds of cocaine into the territory.

Rhasheel Charles pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Charlotte Amalie to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2017.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Charles attempted to carry 3.55 kilograms of cocaine (7.82641 pounds) on board an American Airlines flight destined for Miami, Florida, when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine alerted on the bag Charles was carrying.

Charles faces a term of imprisonment of not less than five years up to a maximum of 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine and not less than four years of supervised release, Sharpe said.

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

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

LOVERBOY RASH: Rhasheel Charles of St. Thomas will soon be doing all of his loving behind bars in a maximum security prison.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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