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FINED $40 MILLION FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING: PRINCESS CRUISE LINES WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cruise line that regularly stops in St. Thomas has to pay a $40 million penalty for intentional illegal discharges from one of its vessels, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. According to a Dec. 1 Justice

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MAPP’S BODYGUARD: Neal Chesterfield CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A “dignity” bodyguard for Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp based on St. Thomas has admitted in federal court to trying to deliver nearly 50 pounds of high-grade cocaine to the U.S. mainland, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. On Thursday, Neal A. Chesterfield,

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INDICTED: Raheem “Caesar” Miller of Philadelphia CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A federal grand jury has returned indictments against two Virgin Islanders and one Pennsylvania native in connection with a string of jewelry store robberies in St. Thomas in 2015. The United States grand jury returned a 10-count indictment on Thursday against

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two St. Thomas men had their first day in federal court to answer charges related to drug trafficking. Acio Richards, 26, and N’kel Morton, 22, made their initial appearance at the Ron de Lugo Federal Building on November 17 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on separate

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 27-year-old St. Thomas man admitted in federal court that he tried to sell AK-47’s in the territory. On Tuesday, Mohammed Jubran pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to trafficking in firearms, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said. Sentencing is set for March 9, 2017. According to the plea

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ELECTION DAY PROGRAM: U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe CHARLOTTE AMALIE — U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said today that Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews will lead the efforts of his office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 8, 2016 general elections. AUSA Andrews has

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WANTED: Todd Kenney in Pittsburgh CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A federal drug investigation that began last year in Pittsburgh has revealed a trafficking network shipping cocaine from the Virgin Islands to Detroit and a related heroin ring in Detroit distributing the narcotic in Pittsburgh, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

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ARRESTED: Charles Augustus Banks IV SAN ANTONIO – A fax to Florida from a former Gameday Entertainment executive to St. Croix’s Tim Duncan has landed 49-year-old Charles Augustus Banks IV in hot water, the FBI said Monday. Banks has been indicted on two counts of federal wire fraud in what investigators

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Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis CHRISTIANSTED – A 56-year-old St. Croix man was given a suspended sentence after admitting to using a cell phone to conduct drug deals, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Carl “Cuz” Hansen was given four years probation by U.S. District Court Chief Judge

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Ron de Lugo Federal Building in St. Thomas By JOHN McCARTHY/Virgin Islands Free Press CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Ron de Lugo Federal Building closed Tuesday afternoon due to a “suspicious package” that was received by the U.S. District Court, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. According to information the

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