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St. Thomas Man Arrested At Airport With 4.4 Pounds Of Marijuana In His Luggage

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was arrested after federal authorities found 4,4 pounds of marijuana stashed in his luggage.

Allany Peterson-Mendez, 25, of St. Thomas, was arrested on Friday at the Cyril E. King Airport on criminal charges related to his alleged possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to court documents, Peterson-Mendez flew into the airport on a commercial airline with a green leafy substance contained in his checked luggage.

Peterson-Mendez was escorted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to a secure location for a baggage check, during which officers located two kilograms of marijuana Petersen-Mendez is charged with Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute.

Peterson-Mendez made his first appearance in U.S. District Court before U.S. Magistrate Judge
Ruth Miller today.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is investigating the case.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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