Tag: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Colombian Who Used Fake ID To Bring Ecstasy To St. Croix Admits To Not Being A U.S. Citizen

CHRISTIANSTED — A Colombian national who brought ecstasy, ketamine and a fake ID to the St. Croix airport last December has admitted to entering the United States illegally. Andres Bejarano, 33, of Bogota, pleaded guilty today to falsely claiming he was a United States citizen, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. According to court documents, […]

2 Fugitives From Justice Arrested At St. Thomas Airport: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two fugitives from justice were detained at the St. Thomas airport on unrelated matters on Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Michael I. Montanez Jr., 24, of Deltona, Florida, was arrested at the Cyril E. King Airport at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained […]

3RD TIME’S A CHARM? Twice Deported Mexican Arrested Trying To Enter The USA

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that Luis Enrique De Jesus Colin Ochoa, 25, a Mexican National, appeared before Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on Wednesday for his initial appearance hearing following his arrest Tuesday on the charge of unlawful reentry of an alien after removal. Ochoa again appeared before Magistrate […]

3 Colombians Who Arrived By Boat From Sint Maarten Flunk Customs At Airport

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three Colombian nationals were arrested on December 31, 2021, at the Cyril E. King Airport on criminal charges related to their alleged improper entry into the United States and use of fraudulent visas. According to court documents, Oscar David Mira Aristizabal, 49, Alexander Lopera Castaneda, 31, and Maria Eugenia Alzate Sosa, 29, […]

California Woman Flagged As Fugitive For Grand Theft Auto At St. Thomas Airport

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A California woman was flagged at the St. Thomas airport by federal officials as a fugitive from justice for grand theft auto, authorities said. Alicia Alcala – also known as Alicia Long Puertas, age 46 of Diamond Bar, California – was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday as a fugitive from justice, the […]

St. Thomas Man Gets 7 Months For Smuggling 14 Pounds Of Pot To St. Croix

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who smuggled 14 pounds of marijuana into St. Croix was given just over a half year in prison, authorities said. Jahvar Looby, 31, of Hospital Ground, appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Wilma A Lewis and was sentenced Wednesday on the charge of conspiracy to possess marijuana with […]

Colombian Illegal Remembers To Bring Ecstasy, Ketamine To HER; But Not I.D.

FREDERIKSTED — A Colombian national remembered to bring ecstasy and Ketamine with him to the St. Croix airport — but not his passport, authorities said. Andres Bejarano, 33, of Bogata, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge George W. Cannon, Jr. for an initial hearing on criminal charges related to his alleged attempted illegal entry into […]

Arizona Man Gets 4 Years Probation For Smuggling 24 Pounds Of Ganja To St. Croix

CHRISTIANSTED — An Arizona man who smuggled 24 pounds of marijuana to St. Croix was given a reduced sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. Armando Antonio Mena, 30, of Phoenix, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis today to four years of federal probation, a fine of $3,000, special assessment fee of […]

3 Illegal Aliens From India Arrive Aboard Spirit Airlines Flight To St. Croix: CBP

FREDERIKSTED — Three natives of India who allegedly attempted illegal entry into the U.S. through the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix have been detained by federal law enforcement, federal authorities said. The three defendants appeared before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge George W. Cannon, Jr. for a preliminary hearing on December 2 to face […]

New York City Man With 3 Pounds Of Marijuana In Luggage Convicted Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A New York man was convicted of smuggling over three pounds of marijuana on a flight to St. Thomas, authorities said. Christopher Dunn, resident of New York City, was convicted today for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. According to the evidence presented at trial, on […]