CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three St. Thomas men appeared at a preliminary hearing in federal court today to hear charges that they tried to bring 15 pounds of marijuana to the territory in three separate bags on a commercial airplane.
Two criminal complaints have been filed in U.S. District Court against Kharim Moore, Trevon Richards and Dennis Weekes for marijuana trafficking, U.S. Atttorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.
Moore, Richards and Weekes made their initial appearances in a St. Thomas federal courtroom on possession with intent to distribute marijuana charges, Shappert said.
According to the two affidavits filed in the cases, Moore was stopped at the Cyril E. King airport after arriving in St. Thomas from Atlanta. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers then searched his carry-on bag and found about three kilograms (6.61 pounds) of marijuana.
Richards and Weekes arrived at the Cyril E. King airport after arriving in St. Thomas from Atlanta, GA on a separate flight. CBP officers searched each of their carry-on bags and found marijuana.
Richards’ bag contained approximately three kilograms of marijuana. Weekes’ bag contained approximately 1.5 kilograms (3.31 pounds) of marijuana.
These cases are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.