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

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 […]

Florida Woman Faces 5 Years For Bringing 15 Pounds Of Marijuana To St. Croix

FREDERIKSTED — A Florida woman faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to smuggling nearly 15 pounds of marijuana in her checked luggage into St. Croix. United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that Yvette Simeina, 40, a resident of Orlando, pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with intent to […]

Las Vegas Straw Purchaser Of Guns Gets Nearly 2 Years For Handoff To St. Thomian

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Nevada man who straw purchased guns — including a machine gun and a Glock — was given nearly two years in prison by a federal judge in St. Thomas, authorities said. Michael Kelly, 30, of Las Vegas, was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment followed by a three-year term of supervised release […]

Feds Explore Rock City To Hotlanta Connection After Opioid Death Here

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Federal prosecutors have charged a man with conspiracy to possess and sell a dangerous opioid following an investigation into a woman’s possible overdose death on St. Thomas, authorities said. Elijah Hakim. 34, was arrested September 14, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia and transported to St. Thomas, USVI on criminal charges related to allegedly […]

Philadelphia Man Arrested With 10 Assault Rifles At St. Thomas Airport: VIDOJ

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — V.I. Attorney General Denise George announced today the arrest of Jahmir Victor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Virgin Islands Department of Justice (VIDOJ) special agents for multiple firearms charges related to the unlawful importation, sale, failure to declare and register, and the Criminally Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (CICO) as a co-conspirator in an […]