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St. Thomas Boat Captain Accused By Feds Of Bringing Two St. Lucian Illegal Aliens Here From BVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas boat captain is accused of trying to deceive U.S. Customs and Border Security agents that two illegal St. Lucian men aboard his vessel had just gone for a day sail to the BVI and come right back again.

Kalik Aaron, 22, Arkim Clersaint, 20, and Le Shaun Fahie, 23, appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller for an advice-of-rights hearing after being taken into custody by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents yesterday.

St. Thomas Boat Captain Accused By Feds Of Bringing Two St. Lucian Illegal Aliens Here From BVI
Kalik Aaron on Facebook.

Aaron was charged with bringing in or harboring illegal aliens, and Clersaint and Fahie were each charged with improper entry by an alien, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

At the conclusion of the hearing, Magistrate Miller released the three accused men pending their trial.

According to court documents, on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Customs and Border Security (CBP) Marine Interdiction agents stopped a vessel operated by Aaron after it was observed leaving Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and entered the United States’ waters near St. John with improper lighting.

After stopping the vessel, CPB’s Maritime Interdiction agents discovered two aliens and one United States citizen onboard. The aliens were identified as Clersaint and Fahie, each citizens of St. Lucia.

Clersaint and Fahie provided the agents with St. Lucian passports, and Aaron provided proof of U.S. citizenship.

Aaron, the captain of the vessel, told the agents that all three people had departed St. Thomas in the Frydenhoj Lagoon area on the evening of August 25, 2019, on board the vessel, and traveled to Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands, for a few hours before returning to St. John.

The point of entry and time of their arrival, however, is not a designated port of entry nor hour of operation for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This case is being investigated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Delia L. Smith.

Shappert said that a criminal information is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty,” she said.

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Kalik Aaron and friends. Kalik is the fourth person (from the left, standing). Photo: Facebook
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St. Croix Bartender Gets 1.5 Years In Prison For Bringing 10 Pounds of Marijuana On American Airlines Flight

CHRISTIANSTED – A well-known St. Croix bartender was given 1.5 years in prison Thursday by a federal judge for bringing about 10 pounds of marijuana on a commercial flight.

Gibbs Bully, 52, of Christiansted, was sentenced in U.S. District Count on one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma A. Lewis gave Bully 18 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release and imposed a fine of $4,000 and a $100 special assessment, according to Shappert.

Bully was ordered to surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service on April 15 to begin serving his sentence.

Bully previously pled guilty to the charge on January 10, 2018.

According to court documents, his unnamed co-defendant traveled on an American Airlines flight from Miami, Florida, to St. Croix via the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport.

Bully solicited, aided and abetted his co-defendant in checking one box onto the flight containing five separate vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana, weighing approximately 4.5 kilograms (9.902 pounds).

Once his partner arrived in St. Croix, Bully retrieved the box containing the marijuana from the baggage carousel.

He was immediately detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers.

The case was investigated U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The marijuana was analyzed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Southeast Crime Laboratory in Miami.

In August 2014, Bully was pulled over by Nebraska State police and allegedly had 5.4 pounds of marijuana in the 2014 Ford Escape he was driving.

He was also arrested by Kansas Troopers in March of 2014 allegedly with 50 pounds of marijuana in his possession.

On Facebook, Bully said he works for the Comanche Hotel on Strand Street in Christiansted.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel Huston.

St. Croix Bartender Gets 1.5 Years In Prison For Bringing 10 Pounds of Marijuana On American Airlines Flight
Gibbs Bully with some of his family on St. Croix.
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Dominican and Haitian Face Five Years In Prison For Picking Up 2.2 Pounds of Cocaine At Post Office

Dominican and Haitian Face Five Years In Prison For Picking Up 2.2 Pounds of Cocaine At Post Office

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A native of the Dominican Republic and a native of Haiti were arrested on Monday on charges that they tried to smuggle 2.2 pounds of cocaine into the territory.

Tommy Ramirez, 29, of Santo Domingo and Ramon Clavel, 55, of Port-au-Prince, were detained on a criminal complaint charging them with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Ramirez and Clavel made their initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller and were detained pending further proceedings.

According to the complaint, on Monday, Ramirez and Clavel presented themselves at the post office to claim a package that contained one kilogram of cocaine, a controlled substance.

If convicted of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, Ramirez and Clavel face a minimum sentence of five years and a fine of $250,000.00.

Shappert said that a complaint is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” she said.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

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Cape Air Employee Faces 40 Years In Prison After Guilty Plea To Smuggling Nearly Nine Pounds of Cocaine At St. Thomas Airport

Cape Air Employee Faces 40 Years In Prison After Guilty Plea To Smuggling Nearly Nine Pounds of Cocaine At St. Thomas Airport

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Cape Air employee admitted in federal court on Monday to trying to move at least eight pounds of cocaine through the St. Thomas airport.

Wayne Fahie, 31, of St. Thomas, pleaded guilty in U.S District Court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on July 30, 2017, Fahie, and his co-defendant Roy Ellington Hodge, 41, also of St. Thomas, attempted to smuggle four kilograms of cocaine through the Cyril E. King International Airport.

Fahie used his security clearance to access the men’s restroom in the departure lounge of the airport where he met Hodge and exchanged the cocaine.

The plea agreement further states that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducting surveillance observed Hodge enter the men’s room for approximately 33 minutes.

Simultaneously, the CBP officers observed Fahie enter and exit the men’s room three times, each time with a bulge in his pants pockets.

According to the plea agreement, CBP K-9 “Sherpa” alerted to the presence of cocaine in Fahie’s pants pocket, and a search of Hodge’s cell phone revealed multiple text messages detailing the smuggling scheme.

Hodge pleaded guilty conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine on February 1, 2018.

Fahie and Hodge were arrested July 30 at the Cyril E. King Airport after federal agents said they found at least nine pounds of cocaine on their persons, authorities said.

Sentencing for Fahie and Hodge is scheduled for June 7, 2018.

Fahie and Hodge each face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

Four kilos is the equivalent of 8.81 pounds.

The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Delia Smith.