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Florida-Bound Traveler Stopped With 5 Bags of Cocaine In His Suitcase

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A man wanting to fly to Florida with five bags of cocaine in his suitcase was thwarted by federal law enforcement authorities in St. Thomas this weekend.

Aubrey Meyers was arrested at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to court documents filed in the case, Meyers was attempting to travel from St. Thomas to Orlando on Sunday.

Meyers was questioned by U.S. Customs and Borders Protection officials, and a search of his luggage revealed five clear plastic bags containing cocaine.

This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nathan Brooks and Adam Sleeper.

A criminal complaint is merely a charging document, and it is not in and of itself evidence of guilt, Shappert said.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law,” she said.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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