CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Croix man has been charged with attempting to smuggle at least 33 pounds of marijuana into St. Thomas, authorities said.
Sheldon Stuart “Shellz” Isles of Christiansted has been charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to smuggle marijuana into St. Thomas, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.
Isles made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court at the Ron de Lugo Federal Building in downtown Charlotte Amalie on Monday, Shappert said.
According to the affidavit filed in the case, Isles was stopped at the Cyril E. King airport after arriving in St. Thomas from Miami, Florida.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers then searched his luggage and found the approximately 15 kilograms of marijuana.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Payne.
A complaint is merely a charging document, and it is not evidence of guilt.
“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law,” she said.