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St. Thomas and St. Croix Postal Workers Plead Guilty To Bringing 308 Pounds of Marijuana Through The U.S. Mail

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two U.S. Post Office workers admitted to shipping at least 308 pounds of marijuana through the U.S. mail in the territory.

Calvin Benjamin, 50, of St. Thomas and Stephen Bernier, 53 of St. Croix have pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Benjamin and Bernier admitted that from January 10, 2016 to March 8, 2017, they conspired with others to possess and distribute approximately 140 kilograms of marijuana through the United States Postal Service Benjamin and Bernier each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing is set for March 1, 2018 for Benjamin and March 8, 2018 for Bernier.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and Homeland Security Investigations.

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid Tejo Sprotte.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

1 Comment

  1. Mike Towers
    November 3, 2017 at 6:07 PM — Reply

    If found guilty they should also lose their pensions. They are in their 50s this sort of behavior should not be tolerated

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