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St. Thomas Drug Dealer Rhasheel Charles Gets Five Years In Prison For Trying To Take Eight Pounds Of Coke From STT To MIA

       SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS: Rhasheel Charles

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man was ordered by a federal judge to serve five years in prison for trying to take eight pounds of cocaine from here to Florida and being part of a larger drug smuggling conspiracy, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rhasheel Charles, 30, of St. Thomas, was sentenced on Thursday to 60 months in prison and five years of supervised release for drug conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also ordered Charles to pay a $100 special assessment and complete 400 hours of community service, Hewlett said.

On January 31, 2017, Charles pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Charles was attempting to carry 3.55 kilograms (7.83 pounds) of cocaine in a bag onboard an American Airlines flight to Miami, Fla., when a Customs and Border Protection canine alerted authorities to the drugs in the bag.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid TejoSprotte.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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