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St. Thomas’ Dean Thompson Charged With Trying To Smuggle 30 Pounds Of Marijuana Into Rock City

BAGGED AND TAGGED: Thirty pounds of marijuana was intended for sale in St. Thomas until federal authorities stepped in and seized the shipment in the U.S. mail.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was arraigned in federal court on charges that he tried to bring 30 pounds of marijuana into the territory and sell it for a profit, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dean Thompson, 47, of St. Thomas, made his initial appearance Monday before United States Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on an indictment charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

Thompson was detained pending a detention hearing on Friday. According to the indictment, between February 9, 2017, and March 8, 2017, Thompson conspired with others to possess approximately 14 kilograms of marijuana that was mailed in two packages from New York to St. Thomas.

If convicted, Thompson faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

Hewlett said that that the filing of a criminal information 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.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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