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‘Prettyboy’ Ludvig Gets 2.75 Years In Prison For Having $638,000 Worth Of Cocaine In His Luggage To Atlanta

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who had 50 pounds of cocaine in his checked luggage at the Cyril E. King Airport got 2.75 years in prison from a federal judge today.

Shahime “Prettyboyswagg” Ludvig, Jr., 22, of St. Thomas, was given that term today after his conviction for possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert A. Molloy, sentenced Ludvig to 33 months incarceration, five years supervised release, and ordered him to forfeit $1,991 to the United States, and pay a $100 special assessment.

Shahime Ludvig, Jr. on Facebook

According to court documents, on September 24, 2018, Ludvig appeared at the St. Thomas airport with approximately 23 kilos of cocaine in his luggage.

He checked the luggage and proceeded to the departure lounge to board flight number 307 on Delta Air Lines to Atlanta, Georgia.

During a routine screening, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discovered the cocaine.

CBP located Ludvig at the departure lounge and detained him.

Agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrived at the airport and placed Ludvig under arrest.

Ludvig ultimately pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle 50.70 pounds of cocaine.

The street value of the cocaine was at least $638,000, according to a CBP calculus.

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

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard Potter.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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