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.