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St. Thomas Man Faces Life In Prison For Trying To Move 50 Pounds of Cocaine To Atlanta

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man who admitted in federal court that he tried to move 50 pounds of cocaine to Atlanta on a commercial flight faces a possible life sentence, authorities said.

Shahime “Prettyboyswagg” Ludvig, Jr., 20, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

St. Thomas Man Faces Life In Prison For Trying To Move 50 Pounds of Cocaine To Atlanta
CONVICTED: Shahime “Prettyboyswagg” Ludvig, Jr. 20, on St. Thomas

Ludvig’s sentencing is set for March 14, 2019.

According to court documents, Ludvig attempted to smuggle twenty-three 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 at the airport discovered that Ludvig’s checked suitcase contained white brick-like objects that field tested positive for cocaine and weighed approximately twenty-three kilograms.

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

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

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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