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Skylarker Escapes Jail By Promising Judge He’ll Smoke All The Weed He Smuggled

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Texas man who told federal officials he wasn’t a drug dealer because he planned to smoke nearly 10 pounds of marijuana all by himself was given probation today..

Jaheem Pemberton, 26, a resident of Austin, Texas, was sentenced to two years’ probation for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to court documents, on December 21, 2020 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers were conducting baggage exams on an American Airlines flight arriving from Miami, FL and passenger Lequan Jaheem Pemberton was selected for a secondary bag examination.

During a preliminary bag exam of Pemberton’s carry-on luggage, the inspection revealed several plastic wrapped bundles. After CBP Officers discovered the bundles, Pemberton was referred to the secondary CBP inspection area. Further inspection of the bundles revealed that Pemberton’s carryon bag contained a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana.

The marijuana weighed approximately 4.01 kilograms. Lequan Jaheem Pemberton was read his Miranda Rights and waived his rights.

During questioning by HSI, Pemberton stated that the marijuana belonged to him, and he claimed that he intended to smoke it.

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Juan Albino.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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