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CHARLOTTE AMALIE —Four Santo Domingo men face federal drug smuggling charges after the U.S. Coast Guard seized 1,146 pounds of cocaine and two go-fast vessels off the southern coast of the Dominican Republic late last month. Carlos De La Rosa, 33, Alexis Sanchez Garcia, 32, Rafael Martinez, 29, and Elvis

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE— A Dominican coke dealer who fled the territory after a beach shootout with federal officers was returned to St. Thomas to face the music for his alleged crimes, authorities said. Joan Morales Nolasco, of Santo Domingo, was arrested and appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Ruth Miller

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SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance crew repatriated 91 migrants to the Dominican Republic today from three at-sea interdictions in the Mona Passage off the west coast of Puerto Rico. These interdictions are the result of ongoing Coast Guard and Caribbean Border Interagency group partner efforts to deter and stop

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A CAHS track coach who took nude videos of boys’ genitals at the high school and allegedly raped and molested them as well has been arrested by federal authorities. Alfredo Bruce Smith, 50, of St. Thomas, was arrested today on a criminal complaint related to his alleged

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Back Street diner owner who claimed to have 15 employees and a nearly $500,000 payroll pleaded guilty to bank fraud after IRB revealed that the woman had no official employees on the books. Mashama Ferdinand, 38, of St. Thomas pleaded guilty to wire fraud affecting a

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SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser repatriated 11 Dominican migrants and returned 12 Haitians to the Dominican Republic Saturday, following the interdiction of an illegal voyage in the Mona Passage. The interdiction is the result of ongoing Coast Guard and Caribbean Border Interagency group partner efforts to deter

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CHRISTIANSTED — One of ten women who participated in a tax fraud scheme that stole Virgin Islanders’ tax refunds got two years in prison from a federal judge. Joanne Benjamin, 41, of St. Croix, was sentenced on Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis to twenty-four months incarceration followed

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Thomas man who tried to smuggle 14 pounds of marijuana into St. Croix undetected pleaded guilty to being a drug dealer in federal court today. Jahvar Looby, 31, of St. Thomas, appeared before Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon, Jr., in U.S. District Court and pleaded guilty

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police are investigating a daylight jewelry store heist on Main Street, St. Thomas that made off with $3,000 in merchandise on Wednesday afternoon. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Beverly’s Jewelry, located on Main Street, Charlotte Amalie, to investigate a possible larceny at 4:35 p.m.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three South Americans caught with 1,748 pounds of cocaine on the high seas have been arrested near Colombia in the Caribbean, authorities said. Ignasio Espana, 30, and Jairo Riascos Preciado, 52, each of Columbia, and Nestor Vera Escalante, 41, of Ecuador were charged in a criminal complaint

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