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         INDICTED: Nisha Brathwaite CHRISTIANSTED – The last of 10 Virgin Islands women indicted by a federal grand jury on tax-related charges made her initial appearance on Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon on St. Croix, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said. The remaining nine women

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ARRESTED: Kinia Blyden CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The 2011 St. John Festival Queen Kinia Blyden has been arrested in connection with what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to smuggle at least eight kilograms of cocaine through security at the St. Thomas airport to the mainland United States. When Blyden, 23,

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  RAMON L. SANTIAGO CHRISTIANSTED – A native of Puerto Rico admitted in federal court on Wednesday to traveling with $45,249 in undeclared money through the St. Croix airport, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Ramon Lacen-Santiago, 41, of Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Golden

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HOT TEMPERED: Logan CoBell CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Virginia native admitted in federal court on Wednesday to whipping out an semi-automatic weapon in a dispute at a St. Thomas bar — that also just happens to be close to a local high school, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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CAN DO 3 MONTHS STANDING ON HIS HEAD: Angel De Jesus Marrero CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A native of Puerto Rico was sentenced to three months in prison by a federal judge on Wednesday for bringing five Brazilians to the territory illegally, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Angel De

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CHRISTIANSTED – A 52-year-old native of Puerto Rico pleaded guilty in federal court to moving 156.53 pounds of cocaine through St. Croix, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Carmelo Cruz-Velez admitted in federal court on St. Croix to conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute charges,

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Estanislao de Jesus at home in the DR CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 47-year-old native of the Dominican Republic pleaded guilty to smuggling 13.23 pounds of cocaine from the British Virgin Islands to St. Thomas, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Estanislao De Jesus of Santo Domingo, admitted to the

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CHRISTIANSTED – A 60-year-old St. Croix man who charged a fee to illegal migrants to allow them to stay in the United States without papers was sentenced to two years in prison by a federal judge. On September 2, 2016, District Court Chief Judge Wilma A. Lewis sentenced Miguel Esperanza-Vasquez,

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BUSTED! Neal Chesterfield of St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s hand-picked bodyguard has been arrested at the St. Thomas airport with 47.4 pounds of cocaine in his carry-on bag and $26,025 in undeclared cash in his computer case the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Neal A. Chesterfield,

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Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis CHRISTIANSTED – A 56-year-old St. Croix man was given a suspended sentence after admitting to using a cell phone to conduct drug deals, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Carl “Cuz” Hansen was given four years probation by U.S. District Court Chief Judge

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