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St. Croix Woman Charged With Smuggling 11 Pounds Of Marijuana To St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that an information document has been filed in U.S. District Court against Raquel Rivera for allegedly attempting to smuggle at least 11 pounds of marijuana into St. Thomas.

Rivera, of St. Croix, is scheduled to be arraigned on June 3 in St.Thomas, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to public documents filed in the case, Rivera was stopped on April 22 at the Cyril E. King airport after arriving in St. Thomas from Miami, Florida.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers then searched bags she was carrying and found in two separate pieces of luggage marijuana totaling over five kilograms.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations and CBP.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Brooks.

The filing of a criminal information is merely a formal charging document, and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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