Tag: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

Two Pittsburgh Natives Arrested on St. Thomas Bringing 28 Pounds of Cocaine To Territory

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two Pennsylvania natives were arrested today on charges that they tried to smuggle at least 28 pounds of cocaine through the territory. Ngoc Nguyen, 21, and Fendi Brooks, 25, each of Pittsburgh, were arrested on a complaint charging them with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 13 kilograms of cocaine […]

St. Croix’s Josue Navarro Faces 20 Years In Prison After Pleading Guilty To Cyber Crime

CHRISTIANSTED – A federal sting operation on St. Croix has netted two sexual predators on the Big Island. Josue Navarro, 36, of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, pleaded guilty on Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon, Jr., to attempted coercion and enticement for illegal sexual activity, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. According to the […]

D.R. National Gets One Year In Prison For Returning Four Years After His Deportation

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Dominican Republic national was given one year in prison for illegally returning to the United States four years after he was deported. Gustavo Adolfo Jimenez Polanco, 30, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas for illegally re-entering the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert said. U.S. District Court […]

Two St. Thomas Men Get At Least 13.3 Years In Prison For Wide-Ranging Cocaine Conspiracy

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two St. Thomas men were given 14 and 13.3 years in prison respectively for their part in a conspiracy to ship drugs from the Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland with the help of one of Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s bodyguards. Craig Richardson, 43, and Germaine Hall, 41, were sentenced today to 168 months and […]

Tortola Native Admits To Smuggling 22 Pounds of Cocaine in Coolers Through St. Thomas

DOPE RIDE: Ashley Warner, 54, of Road Town, Tortola British Virgin Islands admitted in federal court that he was a coke dealer today. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A British Virgin Islander admitted in federal court today to trying to smuggle about 22 pounds of cocaine in coolers through St. Thomas. Ashley […]

St. Thomas Man Indicted By Federal Grand Jury For Allegedly Trafficking Minor For Sex

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl in February appeared in a federal courtroom to hear the charges against him for the first time today. Osvaldo Tavarez, 48, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after a Federal Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment charging transportation of a minor […]

Dominica Native Who Told Feds He Is An Illegal With A Gun Faces 10 Years In Prison

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A native of Dominica who was arrested after a fight in April faces 10 years in prison after admitting in federal court to being an illegal alien with a gun. Lester Gabriel Charles, 35, of Roseau pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez to possession of […]

Labor Department Contractor Gets 1.5 Years In Prison For Alien Smuggling, Bank Fraud

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A government contractor teaching computer skills for the Department of Labor has been given 1.5 years in prison by a federal judge for alien smuggling and identification fraud. Dean Baptiste, 53, of St. Thomas, was sentenced Wednesday on separate indictments charging conspiracy to traffic illegal aliens and bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. […]

Mexican National Gets Four Months in Prison For Entering United States Illegally

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Mexican national was sentenced in federal court today for entering St. Thomas illegally. Filiberto Moreno, 50, of Mexico, was given four months in prison for illegal reentry into the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also sentenced Moreno […]

Mapp’s ‘Dignity Officer’ Gets Nearly Six Years In Prison For Running Cocaine On The Job

SECURITY OFFICE NEAL CHESTERFIELD: Sentenced to 5.83 years in prison today. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A former “dignity officer” assigned to Gov. Kenneth Mapp was given nearly six years in prison today for admitting to a cocaine-smuggling operation that spanned five years. Neal Chesterfield, 41, of St. Thomas was sentenced to 70 months incarceration for his […]