Tag: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO)

3 Puerto Rican Men Who Couldn’t Explain $1,128,940 In Cash On Board Vessel Get At Least 2.5 Years In Prison

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three Puerto Rican men were handed sentences of at least 2.5 years in prison for having $1.1 million in cash on board their vessel near St. Thomas, authorities said. Ashen Tirado Tapia, Jahniel Fuentes Robles, and Abdiel Rivera Medina were sentenced today for possession of $1,128,940.00 cash onboard a vessel outfitted for […]

CPB-AMO Agents Capture 3 Puerto Rican Men With $1.1 Million In Cash On Boat

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three Puerto Rican men were caught with at least six figures in cash on board a vessel off the coast of a St. Thomas beach last night, federal authorities said. An additional $1 million in cash was found floating in the water next to the boat. Jose Ramon Pimentel-Rivera, 29, Jerry Kirkland-Marrero, […]

Deported Indian National Re-Enters U.S. Virgin Islands Illegally Again: USAO

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Keyur Hirenbhai Patel, a citizen of India, was charged with illegally reentering the United States, authorities said. Keyur Hirenbhai Patel made his initial appearances before U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez on Thursday. After preliminary and detention hearings on Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller ordered Keyur Hirenbhai Patel detained. The complaint alleges […]

BVI Native Charged With Destroying Cell Phone To Impede Investigation

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Juwon Cordelle Potter, a citizen of the British Virgin Islands, was charged with destroying a record or tangible object with the intent to impede a federal investigation and with knowingly and willfully entering the United States at a time and place other than as designated by Immigration Officers. Juwon Cordelle Potter made […]

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents Seize $372,000 In Cash At Bordeaux Bay

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized $372,000 in undeclared currency found inside a duffle bag on the beach near a vessel found in Bordeaux Bay, St. Thomas, authorities said. “Transnational criminal organizations seek to conceal and move currency from their activities,” Johnny Morales, director, Air and Marine Operations for the Caribbean […]

Two Dominicans Face 10 Years In Prison After Guilty Pleas To Trafficking 2,204 Pounds of Cocaine Here

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two of three Dominican Republic nationals admitted in federal court to their roles in bringing 2,204 pounds of cocaine to the region. Edwin Vargas, 31, and Lennin Cornelio-Perez, 32, each of Santo Domingo, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess a controlled substance on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the […]

BVI Man Arrested For Bringing Four Haitian Nationals Into Territory

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A British Virgin Islands native was charged today with trying to smuggle four Haitian nationals into the territory. Ernest Williams, 25, of Road Town, Tortola, was arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with bringing aliens into the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. Daline Ambroise, 23, Presuma Venette, 19, […]

Dominican Who Tried To Sneak In On St. John Under Cover of Darkness Gets 45 Days

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Dominican Republic native got 1.5 months in prison for entering the United States illegally here. Juan Lorenzo Matias Peralta, 38, of Santo Domingo was sentenced today 45 days for illegal entry, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller also ordered Peralta to pay a $10 special assessment, according to Shappert. […]