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St. Thomas’ Caheem Johnson Held By Feds For Allegedly Planning To Sell Marijuana

ARRESTED: Caheem Johnson, 22, on St. Thomas.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Caheem Johnson, 22, of St. Thomas, was detained today pending further proceedings after his arrest Saturday for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Acting U.S. Attorney, Joycelyn Hewlett said.

Johnson made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on Sunday after being charged in a criminal complaint, Hewlett said.

According to the criminal complaint, on Saturday at the Cyril E. King International Airport on St. Thomas, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection K-9 detected narcotics in Johnson’s carry-on luggage.

CBP officers examined the contents of the luggage, which revealed six sealed bags containing a green leafy substance.

CBP officers seized and field tested the green leafy substance and determined it to be approximately 2.2 kilograms of marijuana.

If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and three years of supervised release.

The case is being investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Vlasova.

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.


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1 Comment

  1. jahan
    August 9, 2017 at 2:59 PM — Reply

    Another fool smh,these young men need stay in school and find jobs,stop being a statistic in the jail system.SAD for our young black brothers.

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