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Keithley Parris Of St. Croix Hears Charges In Federal Court That He Is A Cocaine Dealer

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man heard federal charges that he is a drug dealer.

Keithley Parris, 32, of St. Croix, appeared in federal court for the first time after his arrest Thursday by Homeland Security Investigations special agents on the charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

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Parris was originally charged by indictment on September 17. But that indictment was sealed until his arrest on November 21. At the initial appearance, the United States moved to hold Parris in custody until trial.

A detention hearing and arraignment is set for today before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon.

The case was investigated by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel H. Huston and Melissa Ortiz.

Shappert said that a criminal indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” she said.

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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