Category: U.S. Department of Justice

Felon Tells Feds AR-15 Under His Bed Was From Lady Who Told Him He Was ‘Good With His Hands’

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A convicted felon with the building blocks of an AR-15 under his bed told the feds that an “unknown woman” gave him the gun as a present because he is “good with his hands.” Desi Henry, Jr., 29, of St. Thomas, was detained by U.S. Magistrate Ruth Miller following his arrest on […]

Coast Guard Takes 11 Dominicans Back To Hispaniola After Illegal Voyage To PR

SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Doyle repatriated 11 male nationals to the Dominican Republic Sunday, following the interdiction of an illegal voyage in Mona Passage waters near Puerto Rico.  One other Dominican man interdicted in the group remains in Puerto Rico to face federal prosecution on charges of attempted illegal re-entry into […]

Sexogenarian Dominican Madam Pleads Guilty To Importing Sex Slaves

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Dominican Republic woman who imported at least eight women to work as sex slaves and then forced them to perform sex acts to pay off debts and $200 per month rent has pleaded guilty to her role in the criminal enterprise. Ramona Rivera Luna, 65, of Santo Domingo, pleaded guilty on […]

IN POT WE TRUST: Queens Man Gets Zero Jail Time For Bringing Gobs of Ganja In His Luggage To The USVI

U.S. District Court Judges In The U.S. Virgin Islands Are Greenlighting Marijuana Smugglers CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Federal judges in the U.S. Virgin Islands are making it crystal clear to defendants — whether you bring three pounds or 40 pounds of marijuana in your checked luggage — you will get no prison time for smuggling the […]

Bank Teller Who Issued Phantom ATM Cards Gets One Year In Prison For Stealing $43,418

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A teller who used her knowledge of bank operations to issue credit cards in other’s names for her own personal use in order to defraud customers out of $43,418 got one year in prison from a federal judge. Natasha Seetaram, 39, of St. Thomas, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge […]

Crew Member of La Gran Tormenta Faces 10 Years In Prison For Cocaine Smuggling

CHRISTIANSTED — A sixth member of the 11-member La Gran Tormenta Venezuelan fishing boat has pleaded guilty to his role in smuggling 124 pounds of cocaine to St. Croix. Alexis Fuentes, 33, who was apprehended at sea off the coast of St. Croix, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Emile A. Henderson, III to conspiracy […]

9th Mayor in Puerto Rico This Year Accused of Corruption

A former Puerto Rico mayor who vanished earlier this year while still in his position has pleaded guilty in a federal corruption case SAN JUAN — A former Puerto Rico mayor who vanished earlier this year while still in his position appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded guilty in a federal corruption case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said […]

Man Who Used Credit Card Info From Dark Web To Buy $21K In Jewelry Arrested @ Airport

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — An Atlanta man who used a platinum credit card he bought on the Dark Web for $15 to buy nearly $21,000 in watches and jewelry on Main Street appeared in federal court on illegal use of a credit card charges. Demonn Chadwick Jenkins II, 27, of Georgia, heard that he was charged […]

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Barnes Wants Judge To Recuse Himself Over Connections

GOLDEN ROCK — Stephanie Barnes, who was found guilty of stealing money for lavish spending sprees and vacations alongside former Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission Chairwoman Violet Anne Golden, has filed a lengthy affidavit arguing that the judge overseeing her case should recuse himself before sentencing. Her attorney, Martial Webster, filed a three-page motion for […]

Venezuelan Fishing Boat Crew Member Pleads Guilty To Drug Smuggling

CHRISTIANSTED — Another crew member of a Venezuelan-flagged fishing vessel has pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges in federal court, authorities said. Carlos Rodriguez Garcia, 26, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Emile A. Henderson, III to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine while on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of […]