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WON’T MESS WITH TEXAS! Dallas Drug Dealer Gets Probation For 20 Pounds Of Ganja In Her AA Luggage

CHRISTIANSTED — A Texas drug mule got a dose of Southern hospitality while visiting the territory when the chief federal judge here granted her probation, rather than prison time, for having 20 pounds of marijuana in her luggage.

Kieantia Thomas-Okeke, 39, of Dallas, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock on count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma A. Lewis sentenced Thomas-Okeke to a term of four years of probation with 100 hours of community service, a $1,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.

Additionally, the $39,980 in cash that was in her possession at the time of her arrest was ordered forfeited to the United States.

According to court documents, on March 5, 2018, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) canine alerted on Thomas-Okeke after she exited inbound American Airlines flight #2317 from Miami at the Henry E. Rohlsen airport in St. Croix.

Thomas-Okeke was then handcuffed and escorted to the designated secondary inspection room. There CBP officers searched ThomasOkeke along with her carry-on suitcase.

Inside the carry-on suitcase, a green leafy substance inside plastic wrapped brick shaped packages was discovered along with stacks of cash.

The substance field-tested positive for marijuana. The marijuana weighed 9.11 kilograms and the confiscated currency totaled $39,980.

Travel records for Thomas-Okeke showed that she was traveling from Dallas with a layover in Miami and had planned to return to Texas the next day.

When asked about her compensation for traveling to St. Croix with the drugs and cash, Thomas-Okeke advised that her flight to St. Croix was paid for and she was going to receive $1,500 when she returned to Dallas.

Thomas-Okeke told the judge that she got into the drug courier business “to get (her) head above water for a little while.”

The case was investigated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The DEA Southeast Laboratory in Miami analyzed the marijuana.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel H. Huston prosecuted the case.

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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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