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St. Thomas’ Shahime Ludvig Jr. Charged With Bringing 50 Pounds of Coke To Territory

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man was arrested today for trying to fly with 50 pounds of cocaine to Atlanta, authorities said.

Shahime Ludvig, Jr., 20, of Charlotte Amalie was arrested on a complaint charging him with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

CHARGED: Shahime “Prettyboyswagg” Ludvig, Jr. 20, on St. Thomas

Ludvig made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller and was detained pending further proceedings.

According to the complaint, Ludvig was attempting to smuggle 23 kilograms of cocaine through the Cyril E. King International Airport to Atlanta, Georgia on Delta Flight #307.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agents discovered that the suitcase Ludvig checked in for the flight contained white, brick-like objects that field-tested positive for cocaine and weighed about 23 kilograms.

If convicted of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, Ludvig faces a term of imprisonment of not less than ten years and not more than life and a fine of $10,000,000.00.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of $638,000, according to CBP.

This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

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