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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
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A New Jersey man who was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2017 for being the “ringleader” of a “major international carjacking and stolen car trafficking ring” was detained at the St. Thomas airport on Monday morning, authorities said. Kyle W. Champagnie, 34, of Hillside, NJ
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Texas man who told federal officials he wasn’t a drug dealer because he planned to smoke nearly 10 pounds of marijuana all by himself was given probation today.. Jaheem Pemberton, 26, a resident of Austin, Texas, was sentenced to two years’ probation for possession with intent
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas air traveler pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle about 7.5 pounds of marijuana into the territory on a commercial flight from Atlanta, authorities said. Kharim Moore pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Monday to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Gretchen
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced that a Nigerian national was arrested on June 4, 2021, at the Cyril E. King Airport on criminal charges related to her alleged misrepresentation that she was a United States citizen. According to court documents, Ifeoma Inneh, 40, of Abuja, appeared
CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man who received 4.4 pounds of cocaine from an airport employee in a restroom prior to boarding a flight has been sentenced to 2.25 years in prison, authorities said. Zion Hazel, 24, of St. Croix, appeared Wednesday before Visiting U.S. District Court Judge Anne E.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Croix man who tried to move nearly 50 pounds of cocaine from St. Thomas to Atlanta was sentenced to six years in prison by a federal judge on Thursday. U,S, District Court Judge Wilma Lewis, sentenced Jakwaan Sweeny, Jr., 22, of St. Croix, to 72
CHRISTIANSTED — An admitted kidnapper and burglar home for his aunt’s funeral told federal agents he brought four pounds of marijuana with him on the flight to St. Croix because he knew it was worth double what it is worth in Atlanta. Ra’Kheel Velasquez, 23, of Georgia, was arrested on
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that Marvin Forbes, 49, from Orlando, Florida, pleaded guilty in federal court just prior to the beginning of jury selection for his trial on the charge of possession with Intent to distribute 12.61 kilograms of marijuana. According to court
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A former supermarket cashier who brought 167 pounds of marijuana to the airport in seven suitcases pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges today, authorities said. Idesha Patricia Sterrod pled in U.S. District Court in St. Thomas to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F.