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LA Woman Pleads Guilty In Federal Court To Trying To Distribute 13 Pounds of Marijuana In St. Thomas

GUILTY PLEA: Okeyonna Njoku of Los Angeles, California

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Okeyonna Njoku, 30, of Los Angeles, California pleaded guilty on March 16, 2017, in federal court to possessing with intent to distribute marijuana, Acting United States Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett announced.

According to the plea agreement, on October 15, 2016, at the Cyril E. King Airport, St. Thomas, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) K-9 detected narcotics in a checked bag belonging to Njoku, who had arrived on an American Airlines flight from Miami, Florida.

CPB officers examined the contents of the bag, resealed it, and placed it on the carousel for retrieval. Njoku retrieved the bag from the baggage claim area. CBP officers seized and field-tested a total of approximately 5.9 kilograms (13.0073 pounds) of marijuana from Njoku’s bags.

Njoku was remanded into the custody of the United States Marshals Service. Sentencing is scheduled for July 20, 2017. Njoku faces a maximum sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and three years of supervised release.

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

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anna A. Vlasova.

GO BIG AND GO HOME! Okeyonna Njoku of Los Angeles will try to convince a female federal judge in St. Thomas that she is “too cute” to go to prison. Njoku, with a fashionable African name, smartly posted these photos on social media.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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