DETAINED BY I.C.E.: Ewert Henry of Kingston, Jamaica is accused of entering the USA illegally. Social media said that he once was the No. 2 man at the Port Authority of Jamaica.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Jamaican man who social media said was once the second in command of the Port Authority of Jamaica was arraigned in federal court today on charges that he tried to enter the territory illegally.
Ewart Henry, 71, of Kingston, made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Ruth Miller after being charged in a criminal complaint with illegal re-entry into St. Thomas, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.
Henry was detained pending further proceedings, Hewlett said.
Preliminary and detention hearings are set for April 25, 2017. According to the criminal complaint, on April 21, 2017, Henry presented himself at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) primary inspection checkpoint at the Cyril E. King Airport, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Henry was a ticketed passenger on an outbound American Airlines flight to Connecticut. He provided a Connecticut state ID card and was unable to provide further documentation of citizenship.
CBP secondary inspection discovered that Henry is a Jamaican national and was previously deported in 2008. Henry had not obtained permission to reenter the United States.
Under federal law, if convicted of illegal reentry, Henry faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $250,000 fine.
According to social media, an Ewert Henry of Kingston, Jamaica is the former assistant department head of the Port Authority of Jamaica.
The case is being investigated by CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.
Hewlett said that a criminal complaint is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.
“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.” she said.