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L.A. Woman Okeyonna Njoka Gets Eight Months In Prison For Bringing 13 Pounds Of Marijuana To The Territory

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A California woman will serve less than a year in prison for admitting to bringing at least 13 pounds of marijuana to the territory.

Okeyonna Njoku, 30, of Los Angeles, was sentenced on Thursday to eight months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also ordered Njoku to perform 300 hours of community service and pay a
special assessment of $100, Hewlett said.

On March 16, 2017, Njoku pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

According to the plea agreement, on October 15, 2016, at the Cyril E. King International Airport on St. Thomas, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) K-9 detected narcotics in a checked bag belonging to Njoku.

Njoku had taken an American Airlines flight from Miami, Fla. to St. Thomas.

CBP officers examined the contents of the bag, resealed the bag, and placed it on the carousel for retrieval.

When Njoku retrieved the bag, CBP officers seized and field-tested approximately 5.9 kilograms of marijuana from Njoku’s bags.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Vlasova.

GRIN AND BEAR IT: Okeyonna Njoku, 30, of Los Angeles, Calif. believes there is no picture of herself that is not worth posting to social media for all to see.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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