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U.S. CUSTOMS: Texas Woman Had 20 Pounds of Marijuana and $40K in Carry-On Bags

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FREDERIKSTED — A Dallas woman is free on bond today after federal authorities said she had at least 20 pounds of marijuana in her carry-on luggage.

Kieantia Thomas-Okeke of Texas traveled from Dallas to Miami before taking an American Airlines flight to Henry Rohlsen Airport on Monday.

A federal agent with a K-9 unit detected drugs in her bag during a routine inspection, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Thomas-Okeke is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, importation of a controlled substance into a customs territory of the United States, conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute and money laundering.

In addition to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent finding 9.11 kilograms of marijuana in the carry-on bag, the agent also discovered $39,980 in cash in the suitcase and an additional $515 in a purse and backpack.

The woman was free Wednesday after posting a $50,000 unsecured bond. She told federal agents she was to be paid $1,500 for transporting the marijuana to St. Croix.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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