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St. Croix’s Dwayne Wesselhoft Sentenced to Two Years In Prison For Being Drug User With A Gun

CHRISTIANSTED – A Clifton Hill man was given two years in federal prison on Thursday for being a drug user with a Luger.

Dwayne Wesselhoft, 29, of St. Croix, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Finch to 24 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a drug user, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Judge Finch also sentenced Wesselhoft to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a fine of $1,000 plus a special assessment of $100, Sharpe said.

According to court records, on October 1, 2015, agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted a consent search at Wesselhoft’s residence located on St. Croix.

The search uncovered a 9mm Luger pistol in the master bedroom which Wesselhoft admitted was his.

Agents also found a container with marijuana. Wesselhoft admitted to smoking two marijuana “joints” per day for the past five to six years.

The case was investigated by the DEA.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews, Jr.

ESTATE CLIFTON HILL, ST. CROIX: The neighborhood where Dwayne Wesselhoft kept his drugs and his guns.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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