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St. Croix Woman Charged With Smuggling 13 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.

Raquel Rivera (right) poses with a friend on Facebook.
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