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California Man Given 75 Days In Prison For Bringing 4.4 Pounds of Marijuana To St. Thomas

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A California man was given about 75 days in prison by a federal court today for admitting to having 4.4 pounds of marijuana.

Kelley Hansen, 28, was sentenced to two and a half months incarceration for possession of marijuana with the
intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Hansen appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez and was credited by the court for time he had served in custody, pending his sentencing, Shappert said.

Judge Gomez also sentenced Hansen to two years of supervised released, 200 hours of community service, and a $100 special assessment.

According to the plea agreement, Hansen traveled from California to St. Thomas with the intention of distributing marijuana.

Hansen arrived on St. Thomas on-board a commercial airline with about two kilograms of marijuana.

He was apprehended at the Cyril E. King International Airport with the marijuana.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

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