CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A New York City man was caught by federal officers trying to smuggle 2.2 pounds of marijuana into St. Thomas last week, authorities said.
A criminal complaint has been filed against Christopher Dunn of New York for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.
Dunn made his initial appearance in federal court today in Charlotte Amalie, Shappert said.
According to the affidavit in this case, on February 11, Christopher Dunn arrived at the Cyril E. King airport on an inbound flight from JFK Airport in New York onboard Delta Air Lines flight 635.
While conducting an inbound inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered a green leafy material in the contents of Dunn’s carry-on luggage.
After obtaining an oral declaration from Dunn, CBP Officers opened his carry-on bag and discovered a green leafy substance that field-tested positive for marijuana.
The total weight of the three vacuum-sealed packages within the checked suitcase was approximately 1.03 kilograms.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (HSI).
A criminal complaint 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.