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Habitual Offender Melvin Petersen Of St. Thomas Gets Only 2.5 Years In Prison For Being A Coke Dealer In STT

LIFE IS A PARTY! Only the venue will be shifting to a prison cell for Mr. Melvin Marvin Petersen of St. Thomas — an habitual criminal offender, according to court documents.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man was ordered in federal court to serve at least two and a half years in prison for admitting to trying to sell 280 grams of cocaine here.

Melvin Petersen, 55, was sentenced today to 31 months (2.58 years) in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also sentenced Petersen to serve three years of supervised release, and ordered him to forfeit $6,726 to the United States government — the amount he had in cash on him when he was found to be holding 280 grams of cocaine.

On December 12, 2016, Petersen pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to documents filed with the court, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a search warrant on Petersen’s residence on September 27, 2016, and found him in possession of approximately 280 grams of cocaine and $6,726 in cash.

Petersen had no lawful employment at the time, federal prosecutors said.

The case was investigated by the ATF.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Edwards.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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