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CBP: Dequan Forde Arrested At St. Croix Airport With 20 Pounds of Marijuana

FREDERIKSTED — U.S. Customs agents seized about 20 pounds of marijuana that they said they found in a St. Croix man’s suitcase at Henry Rohlsen Airport.

Dequan J.J. Forde, 20, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

According to court documents, Forde was released on $25,000 unsecured bond and is scheduled to go back to court on Thursday.

Forde was arrested Wednesday after enforcement agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection saw “unusual packaging” during an x-ray examination of his luggage on an American Airlines flight from Miami to St. Croix.

Customs and Border Protection agents searched one suitcase and found a laundry bag contained two vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, the court affidavit stated.

The agents conducted a controlled delivery of the suitcase containing the marijuana and waited in the baggage claim area for someone to claim it.

Forde picked up the suitcase with marijuana from the luggage carousel and agents detained him for further questioning.

The accused told agents the bag was his and that it contained “weed,” according to court documents.

The two vacuum-sealed packages tested positive for marijuana.

Its weight was 9.4 kilograms or about 20 pounds.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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