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St. Croix Man Faces 10 Years In Prison For Smuggling 19 Kilos Of Cocaine To Miami

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Croix man admitted in federal court that he tried to smuggle about 42 pounds of cocaine from St. Thomas to Florida, authorities said.

Mikhail “NastyMik” Munoz, 31, of Campo Rico, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Mikhail “NastyMik” Munoz on Facebook.

According to court documents, on May 20, 2019, Munoz checked himself and a suitcase in for a flight bound from St. Thomas to Miami.

When Munoz’s checked luggage passed through inspection with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), it set off an alarm, leading to the discovery of 18 “brick like” items, each of which was wrapped in aluminum foil, plastic wrap and vacuum-sealed.

Each of the brick-like bundles contained a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine. Collectively, the bricks weighed approximately 19 kilograms (41.88 pounds).

This offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, with a maximum of life; a term of supervised release of at least five years; and a fine of up to $10,000,000.

Munoz’s sentencing is scheduled for December 5, according to Shappert.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith J. Edwards.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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